At midnight view of Stockholm from the south.
At midnight view of Stockholm from the south.

As a lover of light, I have always loved the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.
So, while visiting Stockholm, Sweden, on the night of the solstice, we climbed a high hill to see the horizon at midnight. It's amazing how bright it is in the middle of the night. Full sunrise came at 3:30AM.

Despite the long hours of sunlight, the weather was unseasonably cold, getting as cold as 38 degrees F.

Me around midnight.

Me around midnight.

Jeff Stanford dressed for a chilly night. A great friend of mine who has lived in Stockholm for many years. He was a generous host for my wife, Bev, and me.

Jeff Stanford dressed for a chilly night. A great friend of mine who has lived in Stockholm for many years. He was a generous host for my wife, Bev, and me.

Midsummer, in English, or Midsommer in Swedish, is a major holiday in Sweden, the kick off to summer. Celebrations often involve dancing around maypoles and wearing flowers.

Midsommer celebration in Stockholm: father and daughter, who were originally from Eritrea, and who now call Sweden their home.

Midsommer celebration in Stockholm: father and daughter, who were originally from Eritrea, and who now call Sweden their home.

Young Swedish girls with garlands in their hair at a daytime Midsommer celebration.

Young Swedish girls with garlands in their hair at a daytime Midsommer celebration.

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