Gentle cricket hum,
Aromas waft in night air,
Summertime is here.
I was out in the garden at dusk tonight. Under the bright light of the almost full moon, I contemplated the imminence of summer—the official first day being on Monday. Many people celebrate the arrival of sun and heat, but to be honest, heat is not my favorite summer feature. I enjoy escaping the heat in the shade or by a cool lake. I also enjoy long summer evenings, the comfortable feel of night air that is not too hot nor too cool, the steady sounds of birds and crickets, and familiar summer smells of earth, flowers, and trees.
This year is a special Summer Solstice—the longest day of the year will be graced by June’s Full Strawberry Moon. Apparently the last time these two events occurred together was in 1948. Where I live, the moon has been bright and almost full for the last two nights—full moon viewing is expected for both Sunday and Monday (for those who don’t have cloud cover).
June’s full moon became known as the Strawberry Moon in North American native traditions marking the time when strawberries bore fruit. I have been excited to observe recently that tiny strawberries have been appearing on wild strawberry plants around my house. I took a picture this evening:
HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SUMMER!
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