Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Spinning Tilting Towards Winter Solstice Sunlight Painting Clouds

The Most Dramatic Sunrises Occur Near the Winter Solstice

Waning Moon at Sunrise

A Mirror to Our Sun

Wide Angle Shot Makes the Mount Holyoke Range and Mount Tom Much Smaller and Farther Away Than Reality.

This Image Side by Side With The One of Mount Tom Below Would Reveal My View More Fully

Gathering Greens from the Blueberry Field

Carrying White Pine Seedlings Up the Hill

Half Way Home Coming Through the Apple Gateway

Each year I thin out white pine seedlings growing within the blueberry field and use the greens to celebrate the Winter Solstice and Christmas. It is quite a chore to carry the pine boughs and seedlings up the hill to the farmhouse. I am thankful for all the help I have in this ritual. I love bringing the fragrant green pine boughs inside, for it makes me feel closer to the forest and the verdant color helps to make up for the absence of green in the landscape.  I usually cut a Christmas tree from the forest on Christmas Eve. 
We . . .  in the Northern Hemisphere . . . have made it through the darkest day. Tomorrow our days begin lengthening and the sunrises I see from my windows, appearing to rise over the Mount Holyoke Range, will slowly start to move more left climbing and cresting over  Carey Hill. Each day . . . inch by inch . . . minute by minute . . . we will enjoy more sunlight. 
I so wish that our wide world and all its life could be enveloped in Joy and Light. 


rkbsnana said...

You ALWAYS have the best photographs.

Bernie H said...

The colours in those winter morning skies are simply magnificent! Not quite winter solstice down here yet, but I wish you Season's Greetings.

FlowerLady said...

Beautiful photos!

Each day is a gift to accept the Joy and Light that is bestowed on us. May we grow in grace and love.

Have a lovely Christmas and a joyous 2012.


Country Gal said...

Just absolutly beautiful ! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas !

ann said...

Your photos are just inspiring. Merry Christmas. Happy Solstice.

Eva said...

Dear Carol, Once again you help to focus on our living on earth and in the universe. Shopping and consuming takes over this time of year, and it requires real discipline to bring our attention to peace and joy. "Coming Through the Apple Gateway" is lovely. And I found your words "Sunlight Painting Clouds" meaningful. The Artist creates beauty daily; we just have to stop and attend. Thank you for this respite.

Mia said...

Lovely colours you showing. One should really try to paint your magnificent sky.
Like to take the opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas :)

Foxglove Lane said...

Great minds think alike Carole, how absolutely beautiful your skies are. Thank you for your generosity which oozes from your rich visual chunks of colour! Love visiting your blog. X

patientgardener said...

Amazing skies

Carolyn said...

Hi Carol,
You have the most amazing view no matter what time of the year.
I love that the days are now starting to get longer.

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!


Otonio. said...

Todo una genialidad.
El romanticismo en estado puro.

Un abrazo.

Sarah Laurence said...

Isn't it encouraging to be past the shortest day? What gorgeous skies! I love that you cut down one of your own trees. I wish our forest was large enough for that but we have less than an acre. We decorate with real holly and a local raised tree. Sorry to be so late to visit. I've been sick. For Christmas I want my voice back! Happy Holidays!

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful sky pictures and interesting details of your celebration of the winter solstice. I am glad that the days will start to lenghten.

jeansgarden said...

Carol, Happy Solstice and Happy Christmas. I am finally catching up with your blog and have been enjoying all those beautiful light-filled skies. I do love the quality of light at this time of year. I've been gathering white pine seedlings, too; but in my case, I'm culling them because they're growing too close to the house. LOL; I actually tied several together and turned them into a Christmas tree! A number of years ago, I went to a Christmas season house tour in Paris Hills, Maine, and many people had containers outside their front doors filled with pine boughs and winterberry. It was simple and simply beautiful, and I keep promising myself I'll decorate my own house this way one of these years. -Jean

sweetbay said...

Those vividly colored skies are just gorgeous ~ and isn't it nice to know that the days will get longer from here on out!

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