Summer Solstice & Old Lyme Open Space
Thursday, June 21st is the “astronomical” start of summer.
A few fun facts: on this, the summer solstice, or longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, the sun rises at 5:16 a.m. and sets at 8:26 p.m. That makes the day in Old Lyme 15 hours and 9 minutes long! Since the sun is highest it will be in the sky here, our shadows (at noon) are the shortest they will be all year.
The solstice is a time of burgeoning growth that has led people to observe the day since the Stone Age. And it’s still a great time to enjoy the great outdoors!
Enjoy the beach, go boating or take a hike. The town of Old Lyme has nearly 10 miles of trails in its open space properties. For trail maps, please visit Old Lyme’s Open Space Commission web page
Members of the Open Space Commission have been conducting trail assessments, and annual trail maintenance is being conducted by the town and contractors for safe going.
Since you’ll have extra daylight, try some of the longer trails and enjoy native mountain laurel in bloom. Or for a shorter, but no less interesting walk, explore the newly christened “Diana Atwood Johnson trail” in the 65-acre Champlain Farm North property located just north of the Old Lyme Inn, by way of Wyckford Road off the Boston Post Road (Rte. 1).
On that trail, you’ll find the Barbizon oak, one of Connecticut’s largest oaks and a majestic symbol of the town’s natural beauty that has inspired artists for well over a century. And nearby, ecological artist Ana Flores, the Schumann Foundation Visiting Artist at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, has installed a “vision box” in tribute of Old Lyme’s visionary land stewardship. Click here for more information on Ms. Flores project.
Happy Summer Solstice!
Bill Dunbar & Amanda Blair
Old Lyme Open Space Commission Co-Chairs