Thursday, December 22, 2011

Solstice Sun

I just wanted to post this photo from yesterday morning. It's about an hour after solstice sunrise. The sun is barely clearing our tall cedars and pines these days. Still, we've been having an amazingly sunny and bright December. The local newspaper said if we don't get any more rain by the first of the year, it will be the 4th driest December on record. Interesting since last year was one of the wettest. Of course I don't want to leap to any conclusions about climate change. But it sure is hard to plan for things when the weather doesn't cooperate based on averages.
I'm still enjoying learning about clouds and photographing them. Found there's even a Cloud Appreciation Society in England. Clouds are listed by species there. These may be altocumulus undulatus. Interesting stuff.
I was going through my iPhoto folder, looking through 6000 photos to see which ones I could delete. As I was paging down, I noticed this page of Swallowtails pics, I shot on May 11th. I loved it, so I did a screen grab of the image.

Life is good as the sun begins its return, hope the same is true for you.


  1. why am i not surprised that england has a cloud appreciation society? so british!

    Happy Solstice to you and Roger!

  2. I LOVE that butterfly series! And yay for clouds and the appreciation thereof!

  3. I'm always happy to see the Winter Solstice come around. When we lived in WI I checked the Weather Channel every day to see the tiny increments in the increase in daylight hours.

  4. I love watching clouds too, but I have forgotten almost everything I learned about them in school. I am so happy that days will stay light longer now. Love the winter solstice!

  5. I think you have the last fall sunrise as solstice was 12:30 a.m. this morning (22nd) Eastern Standard Time. You did have the solstice yesterday (21st) but late at night. I put up my photo on Flickr but did not get to my blog. It seems to be falling by the wayside often.

  6. The butterfly series would make an awesome poster!

    The sun came out for the solstice here, but has hidden his face again. I was thinking about how 30 years ago around this time, my mother and stepfather got on a plane for Italy (it must have been just after Christmas) and it was so cold, the plane couldn't be started; the airline put them up at a hotel until the next day. Winter just isn't what it used to be. Climate change beyond a doubt.

  7. such lovely photos, all!

    i am ever so happy that the days will be longer from here on out. just don't do so well with the short dark days of late fall.

    it is weird to have such a dry month after so very much rain earlier. but i like the sunshine.

  8. Such gorgeous skies and clouds and I do LOVE the butterflies! What a great mosaic, Robin! Thank you for your holiday wishes! Sending you and Roger wishes for a beautiful Merry Christmas and a wonderful Happy New Year! There is so much to appreciate and be grateful for if we take the time to look -- that's one of the blessings I've had from blogging -- wonderful new friends!