Tuesday, December 22, 2009

W is for Winter Solstice

Yesterday was Winter Solstice - the shortest day of the year and the day that the sun turns in its path and the days for us Northerners start to get longer.

The photo was taken at my observatory. Only on this day does the rays from the rising sun creep through the wooden structures placed in its path and create the pattern in the snow just like this. Only on this day of the year is it possible to get such a photo at this time of the day and the sun hitting the snow like this. Only on this day will the pattern symbolize the the return of the sun.

In other words, it is a photo of the snow on my terrace with the rays from the sun coming between the boards of the wooden fence...

But it was shot yesterday.




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50 comments:

Elizabeth Gilje said...

WOW, that is really cool. I love the orange contrast with the snow too. That golden light is always incredible. Great capture and nice timing!

heph said...

intersting capture

ArneA said...

Artistic.
You are moving from nature to culture.
Congratilation.
and a God JUl til deg og din familie
a & t

Malyss said...

Though the picture is mainly graphic, I like its poetry!like a secret old language, some simple lines on the snow mean and tell so much when you know how to read them...

John said...

Nice shot, We have snow here and I'm bored with it now, causing too many problems. One of the few times when I would like it to rain.

James said...

Cool and creative. I like it.

Dagrun said...

Å sånne foto liker jeg!! SÅ tøft, Rune.

PS Har du et observatorium? (Betyr det noe annet på eng. kanskje...)

GAWO said...

Så kreativt bilde. Rene kunsten.
Er det ikke deilig å tenke på at solen har "snudd"? Jeg gleder meg over det. I likhet med Dagrun lurer også jeg på om du har observatorium. Hva observeres der???
Fuglen jeg hadde fotografert er en i nabolaget hjemme. Det ble ikke så mye fotografert den dagen jeg var på tur. Altfor mye snøkav og elendig lysforhold!!

Gallow said...

I like this one a lot. As Elizabeth mentioned the colors are really cool. They almost have a look of a menorah.

imac said...

Super capture Rune.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

Oh how wonderful, RuneE! It looks very celestial and beautiful. (If I had been there I would have thought it was a visitation of tall giraffe-angels!)

Winter Solstice greetings to you, and hooray for the longer days!

Lew said...

Beautiful shot! Our house faces north with houses and trees east and west. The winter sunrises are the ones we see out the rear windows over the field and the change in the angle becomes noticeable.

Carol said...

Beautiful golden light and lines. I'm glad you explained what it is, and I'm ready for longer days...

Sylvia K said...

What a creative and terrific capture, RuneE! And thanks for the info! I knew what the day was, but there's nothing like having it illustrated to bring the meaning home!

Have a great week and wishing you and yours a very beautiful Holiday season!

Sylvia

Spiderdama said...

Kjempeflott! Herlig at det snur mot lengre dager nå:-)

Mara said...

I love it. And for some reason I get the feeling that you are longing for longer days! But that might just be me...

Barbara Martin said...

It's a great shot, and interesting about it's representation of longer days ahead.

Anna said...

What a wonderful way to capture the winter solstice !

Stan Ski said...

I could stare at images like this all day...no matter how short - or long.
Great post!

Rune (Bildebloggen) said...

Så lenge solen skinner gjør det ikke noe om den er litt kort, fra nå blir den bare lengre og lengre den strålen. Flott fangst du har gjort der.

Ønsker deg og dine en riktig fin jul Rune!

becky at abbeystyle said...

So thanks for a glimpse of Winter Solstice in my father's homeland. Happy longer days ahead...

Tumblewords: said...

Like Chichen Itza and the Mayan temples. Wonderful, wonderful!

Roger Owen Green said...

As I read yesterday., the days are getting longer; may they be better as well.

Nice shot.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Hooray! The days are getting longer! ;-)))

Merry Christmas, RuneE.

Marka said...

Nice photo! I kinda wonder what it would like like in B&W.

Carolyn Ford said...

Beautiful image of sunlit snow! Beautiful. Now...I am trying to figure out if you are serious or joking...about the only day to see this happen...I think this would happen any day that the sun is out this time of year (when there is snow)...I think you are seeing who is awake and who is NOT!...Merry Christmas RuneE!

photowannabe said...

Love your sense of humor. A great picture framed in fancy words.
I think you should enlarge it and hang on your observatory wall...

Truls said...

Det var et utrolig stilig bilde. Hadde sikkert vært spennende i svart/hvit også. Kommer kanskje senere?

En riktig god jul til deg og dine RuneE.

Alberto Oliver said...

Hello Rune, I use to make some experimets like that. The first time i made a line with a pencil on the wall in order to mark where the sun light was then in order to compare it the next year. I felt my self like somekind of a new Galileo. I want to wish you a merry Christmas and wish you thousands and thousands of more extraordinary pictures. My best regards.

Anonymous said...

I feel like calling it a diffraction pattern except it isn't really one. But it's beautiful! Gorgeous!

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bARE-eYED sUN said...

actually, a great shot, RuneE!

wi=onderful.

:-)

may you and yours have a very happy holiday, and a prosperous 2010.

thank you for your posts,
and please,
keep on blogging,
we'll keep on dropping by.

..
.ero

mrsnesbitt said...

Wonderful and to use the term "Us Northerners" tickled me! Thanks so much for contributing!
Merry Christmas
Dxxx

Reader Wil said...

The wooden fence works as a modern Stonehenge, but then for December, while SH is the place to mark the longest day(I believe!). Solstice has always been important to the northern hemisphere.
Jeg ønsker dig og dine familie også: Glaedelig jul og godt nytt år!

lynnwiles said...

Great photo RuneE and I so appreciate the reminder that the days are getting longer. Very observant of you to see the pattern of light on the solstice.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Rose said...

Great shot, RunE! How fascinating that the sun's rays appear this way only on Winter Solstice. Makes me think of Stonehenge...

Happy Winter Solstice and Happy Holidays!

Q said...

Having a calendar in your own backyard is the best....
Perfect Winter Solstice photograph.
May you have a Happy Holiday.
I also long for longer daylight and warmer afternoons.
Sherry

jabblog said...

That is such a beautiful and unusual photograph - well captured :-)

squirrel said...

Once again you come up with a beautiful photo. Looks like the snow is on fire.

GMG said...

Shortest? In the Northern Hemisphere... Imagine in Antarctica... ;))

Carolyn Ford said...

In regards to your question...now I am confused because shadows do move according to the season. But...one day only...I am thinking you are joking about that? Joke or not, the photo is splendid! Merry Christmas Mr. RuneE!

Carolyn Ford said...

but...Norway is so far north...maybe it is true?

Phoenix C. said...

My favourite Solstice picture!

jay said...

That's a great shot, and I love the story behind it, too!

Ida said...

Kreativ og nydelig hyllest til sola og lyset. Her har du virkelig tegnet med lys. Vakkert! :)

John`s Photography said...

Dette var stilig!

Judi said...

This is so beautiful.

PERBS said...

Neat photo! I am sooooo jealous of your snow! By this time last year, we had a couple of feeet of snwo on the ground and it snowed all day on Chgristmas. This year, we get only fog for three days now. Santa won't even be able to see anyone's house!

Dina said...

This is even funnier on the second reading!
Love the picture.

Mats Andersson said...

En bild helt i min smak !!! Snyggt !

/Mats