Summer solstice

Solstice 10As I’m sure I’ve shared before, I love to observe the solstices and equinoxes in particular ways but the summer solstice has to be my favourite of them all; a high pinacle of light before the steady shortening of days. We particularly like to light fires and candles and sit outside till late in our garden around this central point of summer but its also become our family tradition to go for a sunset walk in one of the places that is special to us. The weather never seems to fail us on these occasions so that some of the most amber-hued photography in my vast collection (and some of the paintings that have spun out of it – think the Golden Hedgerow series) have resulted from this summer solstice ritual of mine.

This post isn’t going to be one of the wordy ones – instead, I thought I would let the pictures do most of the talking.

I mentioned the Golden Hedgerow series of paintings above – it wasn’t till I got home from our walk and went through the photos that I noticed the striking similarity between the sunset I’d just witnessed and these two paintings inspired by my walks at the height of last summer – here you go, side-by-side; spot the difference!

Hedgerow insitu5 Solstice 1You can see more views and close-ups of these two paintings at

About Helen White

Helen White is a professional artist and published writer with two primary blogs to her name. Her themes pivot around health and wellbeing, expanded consciousness and ways of noticing how life is a constant dance between the deeply subjective and the collective-universal, all of which she explores with a daily hunger to get to know herself better. Her blog Living Whole shines a light on living with high sensitivity, dealing with trauma and healing from chronic health issues. Spinning the Light is an extremely broad-based platform where she elucidates the everyday alchemy of relentless self-exploration. A lifetime of "feeling like an outsider" slowly emerged as neurodivergence (being a Highly Sensitive Person with ADHD, synaesthesia, sensory processing challenges and other defecits overlapping with giftedness). All of these topics are covered in her blogs, written from two distinct vantage points so, if you have enjoyed one of them, you may wish to explore the other for a different, yet entirely complimentary, perspective.
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3 Responses to Summer solstice

  1. Gorgeous photos Helen, as usual you capture light exquisitely in your photos and paintings. We celebrated either side of the solstice – for me it was the dawn, which was pale and blue-tinged compared to your amber hues – though with a little of the amber peeking through the clouds.


  2. Karin Van den Bergh says:

    Beautiful capturing light Helen!


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