30 Days Wild 2021 – Day Fourteen.

104219185_3891626074242829_167675864425791336_oDay 14: A new series for 30 Days Wild 2021, Mindful Mondays, were we take time out of our busy days and slow down, breathe and experience nature each sense at a time. 

Today’s theme for Mindful Monday is: observe the night sky. Though it was cloudy on the day of the partial solar eclipse this Thursday 10th June, the night sky is still awash with stars, planets and constellations.

Though there is less that six hours of darkness in the sky during June, Jupiter will be the predominant planet in the night sky. Noctilucent clouds, are upper atmosphere clouds and shine an electric blue colour and may be seen on the right occasions 90 to 120 minutes before sunrise/sunset at northeast/northwest.

June diary

17th Last quarter of moon

21st 04.31 Summer solstice

24th FULL moon at 17:39 – Strawberry Moon

Times are BST

The full moon of the 24th is called the Strawberry Moon due to wild strawberries ripening during June. It is also called the Rose Moon, Hot Moon, and Mead Moon.

I find it very relaxing looking for stars/planets during the lighter months as I can sit during twilight and enjoy the warm air and bird song. Will you be looking towards the sky this June?

Thanks for reading, and stay wild!

Christine xx

December Photo Challenge 2018 – Day Twenty-one

Day Twenty-one: Today is the Winter Solstice or the shortest day or longest night. It also happens to be a full moon and the Ursid Meteor Shower, but it’s forecast to rain!

For many the Winter Solstice marks the beginning of winter, however there is much to celebrate the coming of the shortest day as the days from here start to lengthen.

Throughout human history this day has been observed.

Germanic pagans celebrated Yule where boughs of evergreen plants such as mistletoe and ivy decorated homes. Candles and Yule logs were also used to bring light to the longest night.

The Romans celebrated Saturnalia. This was a time for feasting and good will to others where presents were shared and trees decorated. Sound familiar?

winter solsticeI have decided to celebrate the Winter Solstice by making a wreath from ivy and lighting candles.

How are you celebrating the Winter Solstice?

Thanks for reading,

Christine x