Happy Winter Solstice

A full moon and stars in the sky over the skyline of the City of AtlantaComposite photo of the moon over the City of Atlanta

Happy Winter Solstice! 

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, today is the longest day of the year, and the first official day of winter.

You know what that means. Tomorrow, the days start getting longer again - woohoo!

I love the long days, though I won't mind if we don't go back to Daylight Savings time. As much as I like the long summer days, I hate the time change twice a year.

I wouldn't mind the sun setting a little earlier in the summer, especially when I'm out shooting golden hour! It's hard not getting home until after 10 pm when you're shooting the sunset. 

The solstice has always held special meaning for people. When we visited Scotland this summer, we spent some time at the historical site of Clava Cairns. The cairns are an ancient burial site and also had astronomical significance.

The ancient passage graves are aligned so that the sun shines through in the exact right spot to light up the inside of the cairn and the back wall on the winter solstice. It's so amazing to me how the ancients figured this stuff out without calculators and computers. 

The shortest day and the longest night of the year make me think of the ever-present darkness in our lives and how to be a light in a dark world. 

Things to ponder as our year draws to a close.

See you between the raindrops!