To celebrate the summer solstice on 21st June, I thought I’d share some of our favourite sunrise photographs from around the UK.

The word solstice come from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still);   in the Northern hemisphere, this is the moment when the sun reaches the highest point in the sky as seen from the North Pole.  From a casual observer’s point of view, 21st June marks the most northerly point of sunrise before the sun tracks southwards again during the second half of the year.   We have the longest hours of sunlight and the shortest ‘night’ – although at midsummer, night never properly falls in northerly latitudes like Scotland.

In the Southern hemisphere, of course, 21st June marks the midwinter solstice, a turning point and a time to look forward to longer days.

All images copyright © Colin & Jo Woolf