Saturday, December 21, 2013

It Is Offical

It is officially winter - December 21, winter solstice begins at 12:11. It is thought of as the shortest day of the year. The Latin break down of the word solstice is sun & to stand still. The path of the sun is so slight the few days before and after the solstice that it is as if the sun were standing still.

I remember being in Alaska in July and having 19 hours of sunlight. Got me thinking how much sun do they have in December. Well, Anchorage has about 5 1/2 hours, not too bad, but going north, Fairbanks has 3 3/4 hours of day light in the winter. Working our way N/W Alaska they only see 1 1/2 hours of day light and getting near the Arctic Circle, they do have a day without sunrise in the winter and a day without sunset in the summer.

Nature amazes me, the balance of life, how we all learn to live in certain conditions. To adapt, to survive and to move forward. The trick is to not change the environment to suite you but to find the place that is your best fit. And that may not always be in just one spot.

Some of my favorite spots!!!

Arizona 

Maryland

Alaska

Maine

Africa

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