Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Winter Solstice

A happy winter solstice and shortest day of the year to all my fellow Northern Hemisphere dwellers!  Here are a few fun facts about winter solstice from National Geographic, including that the word "solstice" is derived from the Latin phrase for "sun stands still," and a story about "massive prehistoric monuments such as Ireland's mysterious Newgrange tomb (video) aligned to capture the light at the moment of the winter solstice sunrise." ("20 lucky people a day will crowd into an ancient Irish monument's main chamber. There, they'll bathe in 17 minutes of light put off by the rising sun on the shortest days of the year.)

Amanda at Mocking Bird gives some great photography tips for shooting in winter light and some delicious b&w snow photos from Flickr.

Bathing in light sounds fabulous right about now.  It's a grey, rainy, light-less day up in Portland, which makes me thankful it's also the shortest. But I do love the white sparkly Christmas lights at night.

(From kcicco on Etsy: Each year at Christmas time, the city of Delft in Holland has a special evening where they put up thousands of lights and light the city's Christmas Tree.)


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