Summer Solstice Sweden 2018. A celebratory seaboard

Happy Summer Solstice (not summer equinox, as Justin Webb had it this morning on @BBCR4Today). The Swedes get the equinoxes and the solstices – as do all high latitude peoples –  and today these ancient rocks will be hosting al fresco parties, for they are at the end of the island of Smögen, a popular and picturesque shrimping port, and party venue.

This shot was taken earlier in June when I took a 24hr break up the coast from Gothenburg to explore the countryside. You are looking west out over the Skagerrak and the innumerable islands of Bohuslän, the northern coastal province of Västra Götaland – west (and vast) Gothland – which is the region that surrounds Gothenburg,

Why all this detail? Because there were plans in development for a project to be realised on the Vernal Equinox 2020. I had been invited by Stephen Langridge as Director of Gothenburg Opera, but shortly after he was offered the directorship of Glyndebourne Opera, and plans were shelved. For now.

 

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