Sunday Night on Lavender Hill

Sunday Night on Lavender Hill by Gary Ennis Photography

Gary says that the bees were busy at Lavender Hill Farm near Boyne City the other night. See it bigger on Facebook!

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Broken Barn and the Galaxy

Broken Barn and the Galaxy by Jibu John

Broken Barn and the Galaxy by Jibu John

This photo is from July of 2017. See more in Jibu John’s showcase on Flickr!

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Summer Solstice Saturday in 2020

Buttercups and Barn by Jamie MacDonald

Buttercups and Barn by Jamie MacDonald

Space.com reminds us that summer will officially arrive today (Saturday, June 20) with the summer solstice at 5:43:32 PM:

At the moment of the solstice, the sun will appear to be shining directly overhead for a point on the Tropic of Cancer (latitude 23.5 degrees north) in the central Pacific Ocean, 817 miles (1,314 kilometers) east-northeast from Honolulu. With the prime exception of Hawaii, we can never see the sun directly overhead from the other 49 U.S. states, but on Saturday, at around 1 p.m. local daylight time, the sun will attain its highest point in the sky for this entire year.

Since the sun will appear to describe such a high arc across the sky, the duration of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere is now at its most extreme, in most cases lasting over 15 hours. However, contrary to popular belief, the earliest sunrise and latest sunset do not coincide with the summer solstice. The earliest sunrise actually occurred back on June 14, while the latest sunset is not due until June 27. Dawn breaks early; dusk lingers late.

More from Space.com!

Jamie took this near Eaton Rapids three years ago on the summer solstice. See more shots of this great old barn in his The Barn album on Flickr.

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I’m Still Standin’

I'm Still Standin' by Third Son

I’m Still Standin’ by Third Son

Third Son took this earlier in the week. See more in his Nikon 70-200 F/4 AF-S album on Flickr & check out more great Michigan barns on Michigan in Pictures!

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Looking over Elk Rapids cherry blossoms

Elk Rapids Cherry Orchards

Drone shot by Julie

Here’s a great drone photo that Julie took this weekend near Elk Rapids. She says that blossoms are just breaking out up there. See more great photos on her Flickr.

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Trilliums Gone Wild

Trilliums Gone Wild by Kent Babb

Trilliums Gone Wild by Kent Babb

Michigan in Pictures is going to take a break for Memorial Day Weekend. I hope you all have a safe & enjoyable weekend!

See more of Kent’s photos on his Flickr & learn more about trillium on Michigan in Pictures.

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Forgiveness Lives Alone

Forgiveness lives alone by Fire Fighter's Wife

Forgiveness Lives Alone by Fire Fighter’s Wife

Forgiveness lives alone and far off down the road, but bitterness and art are close, gossipy neighbors, sharing the same clothesline, hanging out their things, getting their laundry confused.
– Lorrie Moore

See more in Fire Fighter’s Wife’s Landscape gallery.

First Kiss

Let Me Have My First Kiss, photo by Julia Thomas

View this gorgeous July sunrise bigger and see more in Julia’s slideshow.

Eminant

Eminant, photo by Jamie MacDonald

View Jamie’s photo bigger and see more in his NiSi Filters slideshow.

More Michigan barns on Michigan in Pictures.

Snowy Barn

Red Barn … snowy’d, photo by Ken Scott

For all their possible danger when you’re driving too fast for the conditions, our winter roads can be lovely at the right speed!

View Ken’s photo bigger, see more in his Barns slideshow, and if you’re looking for a last-minute gift, how about his 2017 Best of the Back Pages calendar.

There’s more barns and more snow on Michigan in Pictures!