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iN PHOTOS: Shutterbugs celebrate summer solstice in Kamloops, Okanagan

The sun shines through the petals of a wildflower in Kamloops.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Hayden Scott

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year, marking the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and this year it coincided with the appearance of the full moon.

Photographers across the Thompson-Okanagan region have been posting celebratory captures of the full moon, sunsets, sunrises and summer blooms.

The summer solstice happens when the sun is travelling on its most northern path in the sky and the North Pole is at its maximum tilt, according to the Old Farmers Almanac. This year the solstice was on June 20, but it doesn’t always occur on the same calendar day every year.

The term “solstice” comes from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still).

This moody photo of a darkening sky was captured in Summerland.
This moody photo of a darkening sky was captured in Summerland.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Courtney Robinson

The full strawberry moon reached peak illumination on June 21.

If you have stunning captures celebrating your neck of the woods you want to share, send them to news@infonews.ca.

A Kamloops sunset lights up the sky.
A Kamloops sunset lights up the sky.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Peter Olsen

Pinantan Lake near Kamloops reflects pink clouds.
Pinantan Lake near Kamloops reflects pink clouds.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Patricia Hanson

A paddleboarder captures the sun setting over Pinantan Lake near Kamloops.
A paddleboarder captures the sun setting over Pinantan Lake near Kamloops.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Patricia Hanson

Kamloops Lake shimmers in the rising sun.
Kamloops Lake shimmers in the rising sun.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ John Gould

The sunset is orange over Okanagan Lake in Summerland.
The sunset is orange over Okanagan Lake in Summerland.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Jim McKillop

This close up photo of June's full strawberry moon was taken in Summerland.
This close up photo of June's full strawberry moon was taken in Summerland.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Jim McKillop

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