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by Whitt Birnie

 If I had to represent the Solstice in one image, this would be it.

Polynesian lagoon on the solstice.Streaming through deep-blue skies, bright hot sunlight on the day of the solstice heats the green lagoon, driving humidity upward to form rain-shower clouds, and a life-giving cycle is complete. Waves on the distant reef slowly grind coral into sand: the water here is about eight feet deep, just over two meters, a home for multiple fish and other sea creatures. Are we willing to work and sacrifice to preserve this world we inherited?