Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Delayed Solstice, New Year

I was really enjoying the weeks leading to solstice this year. It was surprisingly stress-free, mostly because I left too many Christmas chores to the last minute.

Solstice morning was rainy, but a break in the clouds brought a flash of sunlight through the raindrops. The storm soon passed, I had plans to burn an offering of evergreen boughs in honor of the shortest day. However, after an overly enthusiastic holiday celebration, I decided it was best not to play with fire. Then things were hectic for a few days.

The light changes so quickly around the winter solstice. The days leading up to it seem darker than a few days after. The sun comes from a different angle. Here is the morning light of the young sun in my kitchen. I could celebrate the returning light as well.

Then the weather got weird; promised snow turning into cold nasty rain, gale force winds the next day.

Finally on New Year's Eve, things dried out, the winds calmed down and we got to the burning. The branches went quickly. Solstice went to the new year hopefully bringing joy and good things.

1 comment:

Jess Ruliffson said...

Makes me feel warm just looking at the last photo! Cheers to the New Year!