Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy Winter Solstice

Tomorrow will be a longer "day" then today.  More sunlight anyways.  But we are just moving into the true winter season.  It's going to get colder and snowier still.  Spring time is months away.

Last week I was awake far too early in the morning on a day I had to make my way to an appointment.  Looking out my front door facing East, I was greeted by the most glorious sky.  I will freely admit that I only rarely am awake for a true sunrise.  When I wake up usually, the sun has already moved well beyond the housetops.

But I had to try to capture the sky as it was painted a glorious combination of pink, peach, and blue.  The photo presented here is untouched.  Isn't it pretty?

Then yesterday was my morning to receive the last monthly steroid boost.  A good day to get it as I can hardly ever sleep the night following the initial infusion.  But in contrast, I become so very exhausted that I must sleep for hours during the day.  Don't know why I don't get the energy boost others talk about.

So last night, I was awake....for a very long time.  I was able to witness the rare full lunar eclipse which ushered in this Winter Solstice.  Last time that happened was in 1638, reporters say.  I attempted to gather a few photos of the rare event with my little point-and-shoot camera.

Here are some images I captured at the beginning of the eclipse and at the height of bloody-orangey glow.

Very cool to be able to stay up all night to watch the sky.  Very cold to go outside every 15 minutes to view the progress.  But well worth it.  Then I promptly woke up at 8am this morning for no better reason than the bladder was complaining.  Perhaps I'll take another long nap this afternoon.

Happy Winter Solstice everyone!!


  1. I missed it...slept right through the alarm :(

    Fantastic photos!

    Happy Winter Solstice, we are celebrating tonight with a big bonfire in the yard.


  2. At least you have something to show for your insomnia. Nice solstice eclipse pictures. And, naps are good.