Summer Solstice – June 21st

June 21, 2017

Sun Hot
This picture was taken from near the old Culham Bridge, looking back towards Abingdon across a field of baled straw.
Sun Hot
I remember once seeing straw bales made into an image like Stonehenge that got dubbed Strawhenge. These straw bales are just left in the hot sun where they were dropped. The air is still full of the dust of harvest and pollen. Two of the stones of the real Stonehenge are supposedly aligned with the sunrise on Summer Solstice, showing the great respect and veneration our distant ancestors had for the sun.

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6 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. ppjs  |  June 21, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Gosh, Backstreeter, how much does this blog cost you in shoe-leather? Stunning pictures from all over the place with excellent information.

    What a great blog this is!

  • 2. rudi  |  June 21, 2017 at 6:58 am

    never a fan of really late sunsets this time of year – looking for ward to the evenings getting a bit shorter.

  • 3. Old Ghost  |  June 21, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Hear, hear ppjs! I’m loving the photos of the glorious English countryside you’ve been posting lately, a great antidote to the horror and pathos of our current civil and political life.

    I’m deeply grateful to the effort you put into this blog, Backstreeter.

  • 4. Steve  |  June 21, 2017 at 10:26 am

    What ppjs said. First site I check every day. Keep up the good work!

    :)

  • 5. Badger  |  June 21, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    We are indeed blessed to have such a dedicated scribe documenting all things Abingdon.
    In today’s news Didcot appears to have big headline grabbing plans for the distant future but they don’t have a Blog, certainly not one as well established as ours.
    What about an occasional Abingdon Vlog on YouTube? with the slideshows you are already part way there.
    Anyway, Viva Backstreeter!

  • 6. Peter  |  June 21, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Really love the photos on this blog which are of excellent quality and showcase what a beautiful area we inhabit.

    Excellent work – thank you for brightening up my day!

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