Although commonly referred to as summer solstice, June solstice is a more appropriate term as it marks the beginning of winter in the Southern Hemisphere. This year, June solstice occured on the 21st at 10:51 UTC, and I set out to photograph the sunrise – somewhat symbolic, even though technically it was still spring at that time.
Incoming dawn, at 4:10 local time (2:10 UTC).
Our old friend the Moon, drifting in the morning skies.
On the other side of the sky, to the west, Earth’s shadow is departing, carrying the night with it. Pale pink Belt of Venus is also visible.
About ten minutes before the actual sunrise, the clouds were painted in beautiful colors.
And there it is: first light of the rising Sun, 5:04 local time.
A huge ball of nuclear fires rising over the trees.
The ground is all wet. Some of it is dew, some is leftover rainfall from yesterday’s thunderstorms.
Wet plants in low sunlight.
And that concludes this dawn photo session. Happy first day of summer, everyone.
In the afternoon, N., D. and I went to Rasinja once again for a photowalk around the lake. There was a sparrow willing to pose.
And hidden in tall grass, carefully supervised by their parents — baby swans!
I call this a doubleduck.
The doubleduck split in two.
Baby swans again. I had to be extra cautious — no sudden movements or noises — because, like all animals, swans can get pretty aggressive when they sense their babies are in danger. They let me come quite close, but quickly set up a perimeter not allowing D. and N. get any further. Daddy Swan was close to attacking D., actually, until she pulled back.
In total there were seven of them.
The old building of 19th century Inkey Manor in Rasinja. Abandoned and overgrown, like a haunted house.
We were hoping to shoot an interesting view of the sunset aligning with a local road, but clouds prevented this. Here is a floral scene from Koprivnica instead.