Celebrating the sunrise

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


  1. These are beautiful and I see why they are some of your favorites. I miss seeing the sunrise…no view and too many tall trees. Thanks for sharing!!!

  2. You must catalogue your photos very well! They’re all glorious but I particularly liked the Lewis one, because it reminded me of waking up early while camping, with the lovely fresh smell and the dawning of a new day in a beautiful place. I really want to revisit the Outer Hebrides after seeing that.

  3. Crieff(2), Port Ellen, Islay and Port Ellen, Islay(2) are my favourites.

  4. Absolutely stunning 🙂

  5. So gorgeous- each of these would make a fabulous poster.

  6. Really enjoyed seeing some sunrises as I get to see sunsets only myself.
    Especially liked Crieff and the ones on Rannoch more, they are both stunning places to be

    • Thank you very much! We have been very lucky and seen some amazing sunrises – and sunsets, too. I agree that Rannoch Moor is an incredible place, and so are the glens and mountains of Perthshire – we head up there very often. Thanks for following The Hazel Tree!

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