A Great Day!

Monday was a great day.  Three events all happened on that day.  It was the summer solstice (longest day of the year) and it was marked by a beautiful sunset.


Behind me, the second event was taking place as the full strawberry moon rose on the eastern horizon.  They tell me that the solstice and strawberry moon happen on the same day only once in seventy years.  That makes it special.  Better than that, this was Briana’s birthday (24 yrs).  That was the first time ever that those three happened on the same day.

Briana was walking to the hospital to report for evening shift when she called to thank us for the birthday greeting and gift we had sent to her.

A half-hour later, I capture the sunset image.  What had first caught my eye was a bank of cumulus clouds.  As the sun was going down only the top of the clouds were bathed in white light.  Toward the bottom, the light was red shifted.


Although not particularly spectacular, it was a nice way to end a very special day.  Sylvia and I slept well last night while Briana made it through her night-shift duties.


If you think that we are proud of our granddaughter, you are absolutely 100% right!


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About Chuck

I am retired after a career in electronics and in publishing. Today, my wife of 50+ years, Sylvia, and I live in a house on a hill beside a dirt road in rural west Michigan. We enjoy living in this country environment where livestock and wild life out number the human population.

8 thoughts on “A Great Day!

  1. This story about a special solstice and a beautiful young nurse is really fantastic. Thanks for taking those great pictures and telling us about it.

    • We’re hoping to see her (our granddaughter, the nurse) at lunch today. We’re lunching with her father in GR.

  2. Briana is an incredible young lady!! I’m glad you got the chance to speak to her on her birthday. Sorry she had to work on her special day…but alas..that is the life of an adult. 🙁

    The sky and the clouds are amazing.

    • Briana is very special. She brought an outstanding scholastic record with her to this, her first job. Her strong work ethic is showing through as she is already making a mark. I suspect that that “the powers that be” have their eyes on her.

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