Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter Solstice 2009

Wow, where has the time gone? Seems like "forever" since I've posted to my Blog. . when in actuality, it's only been a few weeks.

But I'm determined to do better on keeping up with my Blog posting and my favorite Blog reading, at least for the next little while!

And what better day to get back into blogging than the Winter Solstice. In years gone by, this particular day has often skipped my attention, but today when I awoke a bit earlier than usual and looked outside to see a heavy fog and frost in the early morning light, I was inspired to take a few photos.

(You may click on any of the following photos, for a larger view.)

In some way, the rather eerie yet beautiful scenes in our backyard this morning seemed a fitting image of Winter Solstice, the "shortest" day of the year.

I understand that Winter Solstice also officially heralds the onset of Winter in the Northern Hemisphere. . . although those of us who live in the Rocky Mountain West would say that winter has been well underway here for several weeks now. We've already had several large snowfalls, although admittedly, nothing like our friends in New England and along the East Cost have most recently experienced.

Here along the Wasatch Front, the snow has nearly melted from our yard, and we're ready for some NEW snow to arrive and provide us with a White Christmas!

But in the meantime, Mother Nature has given us some unique and beautiful hoarfrost (pictured here on one of our Oregon grape bushes), to delight and entertain the would-be nature photographer in us all.

For me personally, the greatest significance to Winter Solstice is that from this point on, the daylight hours are increasing once again!

Thanks for stopping by. . .I always enjoy and appreciate having visitors to my blog!

And until we meet again. . . . may your days be filled with sun.


Chester said...

I love these pictures Jan! The frost on the leaves makes a unique photo.

I too am glad that even though it's slow, the daylight hours will start getting longer again.

Keep warm!
Chester's Mom ;0=)

Jan said...

Thanks, Meesh! And YOU and Chester stay warm too! I can't remember ever having as much snow in one snowfall as you guys had recently!

Bridget said...

beautiful photos...I blogged about the Solstice today too...and I posted a few photos...have a great day

karenharrisonbinette said...

Oh, Jan, I just love these photos. Thanks for the reminder of the many beauties of the season.

Life With Dogs said...

I'm always happy to see this day arrive. Bring on the sun!

Will said...

So they are young ones? Hopefully just playing around and not making a real escape!

Happy WW and Merry Christmas to you!