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Dear Friends,

This year’s Summer Solstice, June 20, coincides with June’s full moon. The last time this combination of solar and lunar energies happened was 1948, or 70 years ago, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

In the Northern Hemisphere, we call the June full moon the Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon, Flower Moon or Honey Moon.

The Summer Solstice, the peak of the sun’s annual cycle, gives us our longest day of the year.  (15.05 hours of daylight in New York City, according to The Farmer’s Almanac)

This date seemed like a good time to share one of my first travel photographs: The Pyramids of the Sun and Moon, in Teotihuacán, Mexico.  Made when I was just learning photography, it recalls for me my time of discovering and falling in love with the magic of photography as I learned its craft; and I can now see that I was always drawn in my travels to places of antiquity.  

A VISION AND A VERSE returns in the Autumn.  Welcome, Summer.

Be a luminary. Shine your light.

 




Summer Solstice & Full Moon - June 20, 2016



To press vision through darkness,
through glass and metal
and push it through that opening
so small
who would have believed there could be a world on the other side?
The process of casting
sight into silver, the skin of plastic
to be redeemed by water, to cycle
from brilliance to blackness to brilliance ‑-
the mechanics of seeing are everything;

and still the shadow of that cloud escaped me,
that light.


“PHOTOGRAPHY”
From: NOTEBOOKS FROM MYSTERY SCHOOL, by Margaret McCarthy
Finishing Line Press, 2015