Keyla and I just got back from a comparatively short but meaningful hike! We got up just before the sun came up to celebrate Solstice out in the woods. At -18C, we had to bundle up a bit but a gorgeous morning was breaking as we left the house.
The bright moon was setting behind me and the sun was just colouring the sky ahead of me as the dog and I made our way through still very soft snow to a clearing on the trail.
Snowshoes would have been useful but Keyla was excited to be running around in the snow, as always. And I was steaming rather than being cold in all my layers 🙂
At 7:59am, I greeted the Return of the Light with a good howl while Keyla looked on, a bit bewildered. Otherwise it was peaceful and quiet in the woods (I hope I didn’t scare anyone!).
It was magical when the first sun rays hit the trees!
We headed back without seeing anyone else out – not a surprise at these temperatures. I wonder whether the wildlife instinctively knows when Solstice happens??
When we got back to the house, the sun had crested the ridge and is now filling the room with bright light. Time for a good coffee and some breakfast!
After a xc ski midday, there will be Bonfire & Beverages (and soup!) at my friends’ house tonight … I’m grateful to have like-minded people like Heather and Steve (and other neighbours) to celebrate this natural milestone with (rather than the commercial/made-up events).
Happy Solstice to you!
16 thoughts on “Winter Solstice 2021”
Happy solstice Biggi and thank you for sharing your lovely photos! Your enthusiasm for life always lifts be up, even on the darkest of days. Kyla’s birthday dinner was lovely too. Welcoming the return of the light!!
Aww thanks Arluene! Glad you had a special day too!!!
Happy Solstice, Merry Yule! Your photos are amazing and such a positive omen for a beautiful beginning to a new solar year. Particularly loved the sun rays hitting the trees. Enjoy the rest of your day❤️🔥
Thanks Mona! Had a great ski and getting ready for the bonfire! Hope your day was bright and meaningful as well 😍😍😍
Happy Solstice Biggi! What a wonderful way to greet it.
Happy Solstice to you too!
Wonderful to see your beautiful pictures. The winter solstice is a time of new beginnings and hope. Thanks for sharing. 🐎🐐🐴💜🌈
Yes! I’m ready for brighter times (though I love the snow months of course …). Different daylight for you guys in NZ!
Wow beautiful skies. Unfortunately we didn’t have the same here. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for reading! ⭐️
Happy Solstice!! The pictures you posted are stunning. What a beautiful time of day!! Enjoy your celebrations today! 😊
Thank you 😍
Absolutely beautiful!Thanks my friend🤗
Absolutely beautiful pics!
You definitely have an eye for capturing the nature’s beauty.
Happy Solstice ☺️
And to you Rox! Hope your day is as exciting and meaningful as mine!