Monday, June 22, 2009

Solstice Celebration



Thanks to the miracle of modern technology, the solstice carnival viewing pleasure can continue...


My friend Fieke has put her video of the Dunedin Midwinter Carnival on YouTube. I especially enjoyed seeing the boutique fireworks from a different angle (I was right underneath them, and spent a bit of effort ducking the sparks!)


The Otago Daily Times has put up galleries of photos (these are from last year!) and reader photos from this year.


And so here in the South we head into the deepening winter as the year falls away from its technical midpoint (I say 'technical' because here in Dunedin it usually gets a lot colder after the solstice, although soon the light will soon start seeping back earlier in the mornings and later into the evenings.)

Another advantage of living in the 21st Century is that I can also revel in the Northern summer solstice festivities thanks to Google. It's a kind of gluttony to observe both summer and winter rituals simultaneously...

4 comments:

artandmylife said...

It gets colder!!!????

The Paradoxical Cat said...

Alas, it's true... If you Google "Why does it get colder after the winter solstice?" you will find some scientific explanations for it.

Like: "Although the earth receives the shortest amount of heating time during the winter solstice (shortest day of the year), some of the heat absorbed by the earth is still present from the hotter months of the year. So, even though the earth receives more heat from the sun after the solstice, it is not enough to make up for what is being lost by the earth surface. Therefore it gets colder and the opposite is true as the earth warms."

sas said...

we went to stonehenge on sunday - the stones are GLORIOUS at summer solstice. even with a little cloud.

keep warm :)

The Paradoxical Cat said...

Ah but did you dance naked?!?

Some hardy locals did the usual mid-winter swim at St Clair and there was even a naked rugby game in Dunedin last week!