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Winter Solstice 2018

December 22, 2018
Contrary to wanting to sit in stillness, I find myself rushing to post today’s writing.  My goal is to post this before the last rays of this short day recede beyond the horizon. Today, here in Ocean Shores, the sun will shine for only 8 hours and 25 seconds.
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Winter Solstice this year comes with the promise of a full moon, and a meteor shower later tonight.  But best of all is that, here at the coast, we have clear skies with a few billowy clouds and no light pollution.
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Winter Solstice is an invitation to slow down.  It is an invitation to listen, to be attentive, to savor what little light comes our way.  Winter Solstice is glancing out the window and admiring the Winter Trees.
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Winter Solstice is bundling up and taking a brisk walk. Winter Solstice is a bright burning fire in the wood stove and a cup of hot tea.
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I am including a poem, Winter Trees, by William Carlos Williams, as well as an anonymous poem, followed by some of my favorite winter solstice photos I’ve taken over the years.

Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams

All the complicated details
of the attiring and
the disattiring are completed!
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.

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From the reaches of the north,
a place of cold blue beauty,
comes to us the first winter storm.
Wind whipping, flakes flying,
the snow has fallen upon the earth,
keeping us close,
keeping us together,
wrapped up as everything sleeps
beneath a blanket of white.

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7 Winter Scenes for Winter Solstice

December 21, 2014

Today officially marks the first day of winter.  The word solstice comes from Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still).  In ancient times, people believed that on this day the sun stood still.  It is the shortest day of the year, but winter solstice celebrations focus on the fact that the days will now slowly grow longer and we celebrate the rebirth of a new year.

Winter Trees, Chelan, Washington

Frosted Winter Trees, Chelan, Washington

I believe this is a beautiful time to reflect on the natural world around us.   Included in this blog post are various photos I have taken from rich winter scenes here in Washington state.  I am also including a poem by Mary Oliver, someone who deeply reflects on the natural world around her.

Chelan, Washington

Chelan, Washington

HERONS IN WINTER IN THE FROZEN MARSH

by Mary Oliver

All winter
two blue herons
hunkered in the frozen marsh,
like two columns of blue smoke.

What they ate
I can’t imagine,
unless it was the small laces
of snow that settled

in the ruckus of the cattails,
or the glazed windows of ice
under the tired
pitchforks of their feet—

so the answer is
they ate nothing,
and nothing good could come of that.
They were mired in nature, and starving.

Still, every morning
they shrugged the rime from their shoulders,
and all day they
stood to attention

in the stubbled desolation.
I was filled with admiration,
sympathy,
and, of course, empathy.

It called for a miracle.
Finally the marsh softened,
and their wings cranked open
revealing the old blue light,

so that I thought: how could this possibly be
the blunt, dark finish?
First one, then the other, vanished
into the ditches and upheavals.

All spring, I watched the rising blue-green grass,
above its gleaming and substantial shadows,
toss in the breeze,
like wings.

La Push, Olympic Peninsula, Washington

La Push, Olympic Peninsula, Washington

Chelan, Washington

Chelan, Washington

Tumble Creek, Cle Elum, Washington

Tumble Creek, Cle Elum, Washington

Winter Waves and Shorebirds, Ocean Shores, Washington

Winter Waves and Shorebirds, Ocean Shores, Washington

Winter Solstice, Ocean Shores, Washington

Winter Solstice, Ocean Shores, Washington

 


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