The Winter Solstice celebrates the return of the sun, in that the days begin to grow longer (on December 23rd, actually, as the Solstice period is about 6 days total). This return hasn’t been very evident around here until yesterday.
The skies cleared overnight, revealing starry skies, and, early in the morning, a huge, thin crescent moon rising above the Coast Range. It shed a buttery light that Michelle remarked made it look as if it were candlelit.
When the sun came out, our “homestead” transformed. Our heavy snows look quite lovely in sunlight.
Ironically, we spent so much time taking photos that by the time I got around to digging the solar panels out of the snow, the sun had passed behind the ridge, so we didn’t harvest any power from direct sunlight.
Today, the wind’s howling at somewhere above 35 knots. Blowing snow fills the air. I’m glad we appreciated the sunshine while we had it!