Monday, June 20, 2011

Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice is appreciated and observed like a major holiday in many communities of the far north. The longest day and shortest night of the year marks a time of great abundance, when we are fishing the "lazy man's way", sitting around the campfire and watching red salmon drop into the fishwheel box with little effort, until it's time to harvest by filleting, vacuum packing and smoking. The fishwheel turns non-stop in the rushing, silty current, delivering healthy, fresh food that will last all winter long. My all-time favorite recipe for grilled salmon is a simple combination of brown sugar, olive oil and cayenne pepper.

To watch the Arctic Midnight Sun refuse to drop below the on the following link:

The summer wildflowers are in bloom! Sitka rose, Jacob's ladder, forget-me-nots, dwarf fireweed.


  1. The Arctic Midnight Sun video was amazing - I'd love to travel above the arctic circle one day! We poached a fresh wild white king salmon for our summer solstice dinner. I love the wild natural beauty on show in your photos - it must be a great place to live, so in touch with the seasons!

  2. I've never seen a white king...
    Keep in touch if you ever make it up this way...we love having visitors!