The slow march to the shortest day and longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere ends today, the winter solstice.
Here in central Idaho, it has been a day of fun (running snow-covered trails with the boys this morning) and celestial wonders, mixed with relief that our daylight hours will finally start lengthening.
It’s been foggy, cloudy, even drizzly for the past 24 hours, so I was pleasantly surprised to see the sun appear just before sunset.
As the sun sank toward the horizon, the clouds were being pushed oh-so-gently aside on a slight breeze, opening up the sky.
Maybe I’d be lucky enough to see the “great” Saturn-Jupiter conjunction? It’s been nearly 400 years since the two planets appeared this close together.
Checking, waiting, checking again…yes! There they are!
The two planets look like a single, bright, lumpy star to the naked eye.
I like to think this is an omen of good things to come. We’re due.
Happy winter solstice to those in the northern hemisphere!
Feature image: Stonehenge, by Howard Walsh from Pixabay.