PHOTO GALLERY: Sunset on the eve of the summer solstice

Monday, June 20, 2011 | 10:06 p.m. CDT; updated 11:13 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 20, 2011
A bird basks in the warmth of the sun near Providence and Ash streets Monday afternoon on the eve of summer solstice. Earth's axial tilt reaches its most inclined position toward the sun marking the beginning of summer.

The summer solstice begins the summer season on Tuesday. With Tuesday scheduled to have the longest period of daylight this year, the sun will rise at 5:44 a.m. and set at 8:37 p.m. The actual summer solstice, though, is only a brief period of time when the sun is at its northernmost point. That will occur at 12:16 p.m. Tuesday.

A tiger lily reaches toward the sun on the eve of the summer solstice Monday near Cooper's Landing. The solstice marks the first day of summer for the northern hemisphere.
Summer solstice approaches as the sun goes down Monday evening at Cooper's Landing. When it rises again, it will be the longest day of the year.

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Delcia Crockett June 21, 2011 | 7:59 a.m.

One of favorite features of Missourian, opening up the pages each morning to the awesome photo essays published on a regular basis.

Great talent obvious - as well as great perspective.

Kudos to editors and students at work on this!

Thanks for the opportunity to see such display from the inside view of photography at its best.

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