Solstices: looking back and looking forward.

The Winter Solstice this year began gloriously but soon went downhill weather-wise.   Still, as it recedes into the background and the days begin to get longer again it’s maybe time to remind ourselves of what the annual phenomenon is all about and to remind ourselves that its Summer counterpart is just round the corner.

21 December, the sun comes over the ridge on the morning of the Winter Solstice

21 December, the sun comes over the ridge on the morning of the Winter Solstice

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…. lighting up the room with a fabulous golden glow

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With the sun at its lowest in the sky shadows are are at their longest even at noon

In contrast with the Summer Solstice when I posed for the Shortest Me on top of a mountain in the far south of the Mani Peninsula in Greece

In contrast with the Summer Solstice when I posed for the Shortest Me on top of a mountain in the far south of the Mani Peninsula in Greece

While I wait I think I'll sit round the Christmas fire and look forward

While I wait I think I’ll sit round the Christmas fire and look forward

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