Marko Posavec Photography

Greeting the June Solstice

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).

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Our old friend the Moon, drifting in the morning skies.

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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.

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About ten minutes before the actual sunrise, the clouds were painted in beautiful colors.

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And there it is: first light of the rising Sun, 5:04 local time.

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A huge ball of nuclear fires rising over the trees.

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The ground is all wet. Some of it is dew, some is leftover rainfall from yesterday’s thunderstorms.

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Wet plants in low sunlight.

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And that concludes this dawn photo session. Happy first day of summer, everyone.

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Later in the Day

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.

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And hidden in tall grass, carefully supervised by their parents — baby swans!

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I call this a doubleduck.

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The doubleduck split in two.

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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.

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In total there were seven of them.

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The old building of 19th century Inkey Manor in Rasinja. Abandoned and overgrown, like a haunted house.

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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.

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