Saturday, June 22, 2013

Longest Day of the Year

My favorite day of the year, June 21st. Most hours of daylight, least amount of darkness. I got up early (5:30) to enjoy every minute of light. It was a most beautiful day, with temps in the 80's and low humidity. I rode my bike to the mountain and back, visiting the Sugarloaf cows on the way.

I always enjoy the seasons of this pond at the courtyard at the base of Sugarloaf. Geese and their young are abundant right now. With all the rain we've had, everything is green, green, green.

The day lilies are out now on Harris Road.

When I started out, the morning mist was still shrouding the mountain.

But a bit later, it was all sun shiny.

Double bonus! The summer solstice and the full moon happened on the same day. A few of us were able to join in on our monthly full moon paddle. We put in at the Mouth of Monocacy which empties into the Potomac and head upstream for about a mile to an island.

Penny is ready to go.

This heron was watching both rivers with a keen eye for fish.

The moon came up early while we were paddling up. 

Finally made it to the entrance to our little beach area. My friends, Dick and John, had gone up the previous day with chainsaws and cleared out some of the logs, cutting stumps for stools. 

And there goes the sun for the day. This spot is so nice, to be able to see the moon and the sunset. We drank our wine, ate deviled eggs, pineapple and other goodies that we had brought.  A wonderful end to such a beautiful day.

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