Midwinter solstice day is a rainy one here: no sunrise gap or cloud silver lining! It doesn’t really matter if you’re just appreciating the views at their most ideal sunrise times for mistYmuse. It only matters if you’ve just got this day to appreciate them, and in the old days particularly if you’ve got a temple built for such days, where the sun would enter a passageway after rising/setting on a solstice or equinox.
Yesterday was much better than expected, with the sun seeming to explode into light like a supernova in space or a lighthouse on Earth. Funnily enough, I’d been discussing lighthouses the previous day on another site (Willow Croft), and had been thinking the revolving light is my favourite part of them. Yesterday’s sunrise light wasn’t revolving, but its looks are similar.
The sky also cleared in the evening so the conjunction was visible. It was good to see for history, but wasn’t as spectacular as earlier in the year for me, when it was nearer, bigger and brighter. Mars is quite sparkly now overhead, while the Orion constellation is also big and bright.
Anyway, midwinter is mostly a celebration of endurance and passing, that winter is half over, and it will start getting lighter now. I hope the first month of mistYmuse has helped you reach this point happily, and that you can now look forward to spring thinking it isn’t too far away, with Christmas timed well to celebrate the end of the first half.
A week before midwinter’s day and the weather forecast for a clear morning was on the button, providing the inspiration and planning for these photos. That’s not to say it was all polished and professional. A late sleep meant I was lucky (no alarm clock!) to wake this morning at 7.50, just in time for the start of the sunrise, which I followed until it seemed up and behind cloud at 8.30.
Continuing the theme of the last post, where I wrote of my ‘every sky having a sunrise gap’ adaptation of ‘every cloud has a silver lining’, and being open to Gaia theory (and for the sun being alive too) this morning the sun seemed to hide behind the cloud, just providing a silver (or gold!?) lining. Coincidence? I don’t know, so I’m agnostic. Do I want to believe, like Mulder with UFOs in X-Files? Yes, of course.
When I Think I’ve Achieved Enough, I Feel Like Giving/Passing Away…
The photo gallery design was also provided by the WordPress programmers; and the camera technology by others; and it was only when I uploaded the photos on a previous post at the start of the month that I noticed they mirrored the pop art design that has become a central theme to this website since the PinkyOrangePurple (inspiring new POP art) twilight colours theme was noticed on the XaW Files travel quest for the greenYgrey world’s Andy Warhol, Andy Wolfhol; whose favourite phrase was ‘wolf not war’!
So my main skill is not creating myself, but noticing and linking the creations of others, with some judgement about choosing, editing and taking the best photos; combining 55 years of experience and knowledge with new technology… and love for sun and nature!