Midsummer festival, Ephraim, Wisconsin

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Ryan Calhoun on July 17, 2007

Awesome! This scene really needs to be set to music. I'm thinking heavy rhythmic Polynesian drums with maracas and bamboo flutes.

Marilyn Whiteley on July 17, 2007

You've got the right idea but you're way too far south! It recreates a Nordic festival--fires lit simultaneously around the bay at sunset on the longest day of the year. But drums, maracas, and flutes would be a nice touch!

Roger Sandvik on July 17, 2007

Beautiful picture, again! This looks just like our midsummernight fest we celebrate in Norway,(as you mention, a Nordic festival). The music played is normally accordian, fiddle and/or guitar :) to accompany dance. Then there of course is the barbeque. Never seen anything picture the fest like this photo though. Excellent!

Marilyn Whiteley on July 17, 2007

Thanks, Roger. The community where we spend summers was founded more than 150 years ago by Norwegian settlers who were members of the Moravian Church, and there were also Swedish and Icelandic settlers in the county. (Dare I confess that my father's parents were Swedish emigrants who met and married in Chicago?)

The whole county is now a popular resort area, and of course this festival now welcomes tourists. Yet there remains something of a "village" feeling to the festival, different from the other towns' attempts to capture the attention (and money) of tourists. And yes, there is appropriate music, and Norwegian dancing.

Roger Sandvik on July 17, 2007

Swedish? Well, all right then! Norway and Sweden were ones ruled by one king so you're practically a bit Norwegian too! (So you know of the friendly brotherly / sisterly rivalery between our three countries, i.e. us and the Danes? :) Anyway, we're all Scandinavins and I'm happy to learn that such a talented photographer has her genes from our part of the world.

Marilyn Whiteley on July 17, 2007

Yes, Roger, I know about the rivalry ... My grandfather was from Dalsland, which isn't all that far from the border anyway.

I've been in Norway three times--all too briefly--and loved it. The third time we took the coastal steamer up to the Lofoten Islands and Bodo (? I don't know how to do those letters!). Wonderful trip!

Luis Maderuelo on July 17, 2007

Very nice and interesting, Marilyn. What is the date of this celebration?

Marilyn Whiteley on July 17, 2007

Thanks, Luis. It is held around 21 June, the time of the summer solstice.

Luis Maderuelo on July 17, 2007

YES!!!! YES!!! I KNOW IT!!!! Jaaa!!! I know it It is the date of my birthday... and the date of the "new indigenous year" in the south hemisphere. (beginning of the winter, here)

You can see some photos of the "Inti Raymi"

Here, December 21th (beginning of the summer here) is also a traditional celebration for some people: THE SAME of your June 21th, (beginning of the summer there).

© Kojak on July 20, 2007

Wow! Fantastic picture! There I want to be NOW! Greetings from Bavaria!

Keith P. Luke on July 22, 2007

Here's a new rule - "Shooting people in black silhouette against a setting sun is ALWAYS a good idea!"


Sigmund Rise on July 22, 2007

Very nice picture of our "midtsommerfest" Marilyn! I like it!

Marilyn Whiteley on July 22, 2007

Thank you, Sigmund. You see that Norway is remembered here in Wisconsin!

Marilyn Whiteley on July 22, 2007

Keith, encouraged by your "new rule," I decided to see whether cropping could salvage a shot I liked except for some distracting stuff at one side. Here's the result.

Serkan GÜRKAN on July 26, 2007

ALL pictures wonderful.. I looked all..

Marilyn Whiteley on July 26, 2007

Thanks, SarpBKS, for your visit and your comment.

Snemann on July 27, 2007

This is a "10"!! Great colours, and balance, and you have managed to capture the "midsummernight feeling" so well! Thanks!

steandeb on August 8, 2007

great photo ,great information on the meaning of the event!

Gabriele Parafioriti on August 28, 2007


Sigmund Rise on September 9, 2007

This photo is selected for the Panoramio Elections 2007!

Greetings from Norway!


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 16, 2007
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Camera: OLYMPUS CORPORATION u10D,S300D,u300D
    • Taken on 2005/06/18 21:49:56
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
    • Focal Length: 5.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: -1.00 EV
    • No flash