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June 20, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Sun Burst

Sunburst Chairs on the Terrace

A bit of a sunburst to celebrate the sun. Summer begins – TONIGHT!

June 20-21 is one of two solstices, days when the rays of the sun directly strike one of the two tropical latitude lines. June 21 marks the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere and heralds the beginning of winter in the southern hemisphere. This year the solstice occurs and summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere on June 20 at 6:59 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

This is the first time since 1896 – 112 years – that the summer solstice occurs before June 21. The time for the recording is measured at 11:59 pm Greenwich Mean Time on June 20. Made it by a minute!


These are the famous, nearly landmark status chairs on the Memorial Union Terrace at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The terrace overlooks one of the city’s urban lakes, Lake Mendota, and is the place to be on lovely summer evenings. Everyone in the Madison area who has a camera and is co-ordinated enough to press the shutter has at least one photo of these chairs. They are so darn photogenic!


  1. Joanna Young / Jun 20 2008 3:25 am

    What a cheerful picture, and wonderful reminder of the solstice



  2. Ulla / Jun 20 2008 3:49 am

    Great picture – makes one look forward to summer!

  3. jpt / Jun 20 2008 6:45 am

    good angle

  4. jeanabaena / Jun 20 2008 6:45 am

    i like how the pattern repeats itself

  5. Gandalf / Jun 20 2008 7:36 am

    Wooo Whoooo !!!!!! Summer at last. Even though I enjoy the snow, Summer rocks. Your picture feels like summertime.

  6. Gaye - Gaye / Jun 20 2008 8:10 am

    Wonderful colors and an uplifting picture. I’d forgotten about the solstice because it’s been summer here in Florida for a month or more. Thanks for the cheerful picture and reminder.
    I’ve linked to your blog and thanks!

  7. Chris Osborne / Jun 20 2008 8:59 am

    You caught some beautiful colors. Nice job.

  8. Liss / Jun 20 2008 4:26 pm

    This looks a great place to sit on a nice sunny day. I love the vibrant colours too.

  9. visuallens / Jun 20 2008 9:28 pm

    Colorful! round tables and round seated chairs of vibrant colors. Are these made of wood or steel?

  10. nouveaufauves / Jun 20 2008 11:52 pm

    How informaitve. I did not know about the soltice this year.
    I had a very good friend who just left the University of Wisconsin where she was acquiring a Masters degree of some kind. She wrote me about the weather, the lay of the land, and the university…..feel like I know it some. I wonder if she sat in one of those chairs with her adorable and oh so eneretic children running in and out through them all.

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