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Summer Solstice 2019: Bodacious Bonfire

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First a story of the lighting through the photography of Amy Barley.

Prepare to Burn

Burn

Light it Up

Fire Maiden

And that is how you turn the sun.

Things looked pretty much like this before we started

Then there were several undocumented hours in the river with the special beer float courtesy of Aubrey. We’re still not sure where he is.

The most popular guest of all was baby Cora. (Yes, that is the three McGraw brothers in kilts.)

Panorama by jackie

Idyllic

A video of the lighting.

 

This shot by my brother walt (at his first solstice) is one of my favorites.

From the bridge

Spectacular

When the fire burned down enough to get within 100 feet, we started the music.

Burning pile

Joel Winstead created some great sketches in real time.

Music by firelight

The fire

Gary and Gina

The the thunderstorm moved in around 11pm and we shifted the music to the barn. We played until 4am. What a joy.

Gary and Gina in the barn

Allen behind his hat

There are a few more pictures on the evite page. Thanks to all who came to the 2019 summer solstice fire!

Thanks for coming to the summer solstice!

Two Modes of Summer Solstice Celebration

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The summer solstice river pod

The summer solstice river pod

2015 Summer Solstice Fire

2015 Summer Solstice Fire

Summer Solstice 2014: Big Fun

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The bonfire as captured by Joel Winstead

The bonfire as captured by Joel Winstead

What a blast the 2014 iteration of the solstice party was. Thanks for coming! And thanks to “electric triangle” for the new wrinkle…electric music at nightfall.

Electric Triangle as captured by Joel Winstead.

Electric Triangle as captured by Joel Winstead.

We kicked the keg (not bad for old people) and played acoustic music well past the wee hours into the pre-school hours.

Thanks for making the summer solstice 2014 party magical.

Gina and Gary play music by the bonfire (joel winstead)

Gina and Gary play music by the bonfire (joel winstead)

Summer Solstice Fire 2013

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Photo by marcus ranum.

Photo by marcus ranum.

As always the solstice party was a complete blast! Thanks for coming.

Kilts!

kilts

What do you do in Spring?

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Prepare for winter of course. No rest for the pattern bound on this planet.

Firewood in the red shed.

Firewood in the red shed.

Remember that tree? Well it has been almost completely consolidated.

Spring light on the winter woodpile.

Spring light on the winter woodpile.

It’s not just winter we get ready for in Spring. We have to get ready for summer too.

Freshly weedeaten and tilled.  Way too early to plant though.

Freshly weedeaten and tilled. Way too early to plant though.

Dirt.

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And the summer solstice fire is growing. (Thanks to the tree.) Architecture by Allen.

Solstice fire at 2/3rds ready.

Solstice fire at 2/3rds ready.