The summer solstice in Falmouth began with the Falmouth Arts Festival, which featured upbeat, jazzy artists performing in a tented dance space in the Falmouth public library square. Granted, we seemed slightly out of place in comparison to the endearing middle-aged couples that filled the crowd, but the evening high-spirited and the music was fantastic.
Since this is my first time living on the coast (except for a few of my earlier childhood years), I was keen on watching a sunrise over the ocean. Oyster Pond is only a few minutes away from an east-facing beach and I managed to convince a few other brave souls to stay out by the beach most of the night in high hopes of a magnificent sunrise. This is what we got:
Not only was it blocked by clouds, but the sunrise was a bit far too north to be over the oceans at this time, when the solstice leads to a northeast azimuth. It may only be possible to view an ocean sunrise later in the summer, when the azimuth moves south towards a more eastern angle. Disappointing, but beautiful nevertheless…the perfect sunrise still eludes us!