mid-summer night embers

The traditional Jaanipäev (St. Johns Day) or mid-summer day in Estonia is on or around June 24th. It marks the long days around the summer solstice when there is continuous light from the sun throughout the night. This time also marks the peak of springtime nature activity when the bird songs trail off and the cricket and ciccada sounds start to swell. It is common to make a bonfire on midsummer night which we did at a friends place. There is a folk saying related to behavior of the sparks above the fire. If the embers rise straight into the sky the fruits of the garden will be plenty. I hear the forests are already full of berries and mushrooms so the light trails in these photos must be evidence of a good sign.

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