Winter Solstice

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.

winter sun
Winter sun.

As the sun sank toward the horizon, the clouds were being pushed oh-so-gently aside on a slight breeze, opening up the sky.

sunset
Sunset.

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.

saturn jupiter conjunction
Saturn-Jupiter conjunction.
saturn jupiter conjunction closeup
Blurry close-up.

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.

18 thoughts on “Winter Solstice”

    1. I was lucky. Sorry you didn’t get to see it. I thought I’d missed it but kept checking and finally the clouds parted in just the right way.
      Wish I’d had a better camera, but my phone did a decent job, better than I expected.

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  1. I am so behind in blog reading and writing.
    Beautiful, perfect photos. I tried to see it here but we had thick cloud cover so- no luck. Our once in 400 years chance was blown- oh well. Thankful for those who captured it 😀

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