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Tangle Refresher 105 – Featuring a bit about solstices and – a sun tangle?

Tangle Refresher!Happy Friday, and Happy Father’s Day weekend everyone. Wow, it’s half way through June already and this weekend is not only Father’s Day but the solstice is also on Sunday.

In the Northern Hemisphere it’s the Summer solstice where we enjoy our “longest day” and in the Southern Hemisphere Sunday’s the Winter solstice and the “shortest day”.

From Wikipedia, “A solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year as the Sun reaches its highest or lowest excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere. The solstices, together with the equinoxes, are connected with the seasons. In many cultures the solstices mark either the beginning or the midpoint of winter and summer.

The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; that is, the seasonal movement of the Sun’s path (as seen from Earth) comes to a stop before reversing direction. … The term solstice can also be used in a broader sense, as the date (day) when this occurs. The day of the solstice is either the longest day of the year (in summer) or the shortest day of the year (in winter) for any place outside of the tropics.”

This beautiful time-lapse image from a radio telescope located in northern Chile shows the Sun’s passage over the Earth over a six-month time period. (Is this a sun tangle?)

"Solargraph APEX" by ESO/R. Fosbury/T. Trygg/D. Rabanus - http://www.eso.org/public/images/potw1039a/. Licensed under CC BY 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons - https://commons.wikimedia.org

“Solargraph APEX” by ESO/R. Fosbury/T. Trygg/D. Rabanus – http://www.eso.org/public/images/potw1039a/. Licensed under CC BY 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org

A solargraph taken from the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment at the Llano de Chajnantor Observatory in the southern hemisphere. This is a long-exposure photograph, with the image exposed for six months in a direction facing east of north, from mid-December 2009 until the southern winter solstice in June 2010. The sun’s path each day can be seen from right to left in this image across the sky; the path of the following day runs slightly lower, until the day of the winter solstice, whose path is the lowest one in the image.” Wikipedia

While our sun comes to a full stop in its celestial journey, it’s time for swimming pools and barbeques in the North, and hearty stews and cheery fires in the South. Fascinating, our planet.

Enjoy a beautiful weekend regardless of your time zone. And make some time to tangle …

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The Tangle Refresher series, aka Buried Treasure, spotlights hidden tangle gems from the past. It can remind you of tangles you might not have used for a while or introduce you to some you haven’t come across yet.

Here are five more tangle pattern gems and a Tangle Refresher from a year (or two) ago for your tangling pleasure. Remember to check out the “More Good Stuff” links below too. Zenful tangling!

BTW as you visit these tangles it would be great if you’d take a moment to leave a comment of thanks and encouragement for the tangler who’s shared with us, and please share the tangles with your followers on all your favorite social media. Thanks!

Buried Treasure from a year ago
Zentangle pattern: DEX. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com Dex
Zentangle pattern: Olé. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com Olé
Zentangle pattern: Foxeye. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com Foxeye
Zentangle pattern: Logjam. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com Logjam
Zentangle pattern: Barney. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com Barney
Revisit the Tangle Refresher from a year ago Tangle Refresher 77

More good stuff …

TanglePatterns.com TANGLE GUIDE, 2016 Edition

TanglePatterns.com TANGL GUIDE, 2016 Edition The current Edition of my TANGLE GUIDE. This instant-download digital eBook contains all the tangles on the site from May 2010 through December 31, 2015. It's a must-have tool for using the site.
Visit the BOOK REVIEWS page for more details on its features and view a sample page.
Visit the STORE > E-BOOKS page for more information and support TanglePatterns.com by getting your copy now!
If you're new to Zentangle® and tangling, my TanglePatterns.com BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO ZENTANGLE is just what you need to get started. Also available en Français and en Español.
Zentangle Primer Volume 1 Remember you can get your official Zentangle supplies here too, including the fabulous new Zentangle PRIMER Vol 1. It's your CZT-in-a-book by the founders of Zentangle®! Visit the STORE tab on the top menu bar or click on the image. For more about the content and to read the rave reviews, visit the BOOK REVIEWS tab.
"Absolutely the best Zentangle Book yet! As an accomplished artist I used to think I did not need instruction on this art form. How wrong I was! My tangling improved by leaps and bounds after reading this book. If you think you have Zentangle down then you need this book more than ever!" ~ Kris H
The Official Zentangle Kit Another great jump-starter for new tanglers is the original Official Zentangle Kit. The Kit includes all the supplies you'll need to get started properly: Sakura Micron Pens, Zentangle Tiles, pencil, sharpener, tortillion, a booklet and an instructional DVD by co-founder Maria Thomas. Click on the image for more information about the Kit and its contents.

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