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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Winter solstice

Did you know that today is the shortest (read: darkest) day of the year in North America? Today the sunset in New York will take place at 4:32pm. Zoinks!

Does it feel dark where you are? Do you ever get winter blues? It's hard not to, when the days are so dark. But! The good news is, the days will now get brighter every day for the rest of the winter. So if you can make it through today, you're all set. :)
(Actual photos of the earth at night by NASA)

83 comments:

dulci said...

Whoa!! I hate it when it gets dark so early! But these shots are cool - thanks for sharing!

xodc

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Kersey Campbell said...

I guess we picked a good day to do to Rockefeller center to see the tree!

Alexa said...

I'm excited to celebrate the solstice with girlfriends, fondue, and wine :)

Mother of Style said...

It's funny trying to explain to my daighter that it's not actually night time even though it looks like it outside!

Into Vintage said...

Living in Oregon, where it can get pretty gloomy in the winter months, I alwasy look forward to this time of year. Just knowing the days are getting longer helps :-) Happy Holidays to you & your family. -amy

Girlie Blogger said...

Thanks. It's really bad here in Seattle. The sun starts setting around 3PM :O( But it's been surprisingly sunny today :O)

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Caroline, No. said...

Weird, I was just thinking how bright it has been this winter so far in London. Has been bright sunshine, far nicer than usual!

Bring on the summer, tho.

Kelsey said...

I think it might be that I live in Phoenix where we get SO much sun and it can get SO hot so the cold dark days feel like a relief. It's like the opposite of the winter blues! I feel like of silly but I wonder if anyone else feels that way?

love+cupcakes said...

While everything about the Soltices and Equinoxes are absolutely fascinating to me, my favorite part of this whole post was...ZOINKS! Here's to brighter days!

in dreams said...

actually, i did know that, as today is my birthday. (more of a birth night, haha!)

it's sunny outside, so i'm off to explore the beautiful day...while it lasts! :)

nickandnoragettingmarried said...

I don't tend to get the winter blues, but it does feel weird to wake up and it's dark, and then leave work and it's already dark again. But I love the solstice--it feels magical and then the days just get longer. Summer is just around the corner! ;)

Christina Marie said...

I celebrated Winter Solstice yesterday! It's quite a fun tradition. :)

Christina

http://becauseofmadalene.blogspot.com/

TwoThirtyFiveDesigns said...

Amazing photos!

Libby said...

Geesh I wish the sunset was at 4:30 at this time of year! In Maine it's almost an hour earlier!

Mal said...

Today being the shortest day means that the days will start getting longer again!

Those pictures are fantastic!

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Ethaney said...

i hate driving home when it's so dark out! but those photos are beautiful.

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Kate said...

I definitely get the winter blues. But the warm weather here in VA is helping me keep them away! It's almost 60 degrees!

aislin said...

those photos are so gorgeous!
this year hasn't been bad - there's been almost no snow, so shocking!!
but there have been some years, when it's already been snowing since before halloween and the roads are bad and the people are grumpy, that it feels like winter is never going to end.

macaca grava por cima said...

there am I, in the last picture!!! In the western country of Europe: Portugal!!! In the North hemisphere, therefor, it's winter too, and yesterday was also the smallest day of the year! From now on will be counting the days to the Spring!!! Although I enjoy the winter too (some parts of it!)

Merry Xmas

HRCK the Herald said...

I have been looking forward to this day since the daylight savings! Thank goodness that we're on the upswing now:)

Julia said...

Ack! Darkness is not welcome when I'm driving the four hours home from my university... But having experienced many a winters in Wisconsin, this has been the mildest winter I remember! It feels like a never ending fall. Which I'm completely fine with :)

Ugly Duckling said...

Yeah I don't like the darkness, makes me feel sad. i wish it could be winter but lighter late.

Those photos are amazing.

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Nicole said...

At least it's nice and warm! So weird! Also, my boss told me something funny... it's not actually the earliest sunset. That was a few weeks ago, at 4:22! So, I think the sunrise was still getting later (here, in New York), but the sunset situation has actually been improving. Either which way, is it summer yet??? I've been wondering, how's it been working out with taking Toby outside every day?

Rachel Joins the Fray said...

Have you seen the "earth at night" photo of North Korea? It's crazy! All the countries around it are lit up but North Korea is completely dark. Saw it this week on the news - fascinating.

Vivian Leigh said...

When I lived in Alaska we celebrated Winter and Summer Solstice. Summer Solstice was almost always on the top of a mountain. So fun!

Suite Henry said...

Our day was dark but Toronto hasn't gotten any snow yet. It doesn't feel like Christmas or even all that much like winter!

Molliee said...

wow thats one early sunset! Shucks - right when I have to drive home today! Oh well, Merry Christmas!!1

Angharad said...

It sets at 3:53pm in London! One thing I don't miss about living in the UK...

Tina said...

well...living in Alaska, I definitly get affected by the dark. As long as I keep busy, I'm ok but once I start sitting around, I get a little bummed out. The plus side is we'll gain daylight after today!

Ally said...

So excited for longer hours of light!
xo
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ink and post said...

these photos are gorgeous... thank you for sharing.

Miss Becca said...

Love the pics! I live in Southern California and still get the winter blues - even though our days are sunnier and longer than most. In winter I feel like the low sun is always in my eyes. I long for spring already!

naomi: said...

this is somehow encouraging to me and just what I needed to read, Joanna :)

Moonlight said...

i get sooo depressed in the winter, when days are so small and by the time i leave my office it's dark. living in the Mediterranean, i am not used to dark days so i start feeling tired and sleepy and my energy levels are sooo low that i am rarely in the mood to do things...
but i ALWAYS start thinking about it when it's time for the days to start getting longer, and my spirit lifts! :D

Barchbo said...

In Austin, we had 90 days over 100 this year. I long for winter, short days and "cold" weather (oooh...the 40s!)

I get warm-weather depressed in October and November when it's still in the 90s.

My name's Haley said...

I am not a fan of short days, and get severe seasonal affective disorder. I'm trying to be proactive and go on walks at lunch to soak up the sunshine. I've been documenting them with photos the past few days on my blog :)

http://www.wemadeithome.com/2011/12/lunch-time-walk-no2.html

Sage Crown Parker said...

not my favorite day of the year.
it gets dark here in the usvi at 5:45 not so bad compared to nyc but we also don't get those amazing long summer days cause we're so close to the equator.

Dorkys Ramos said...

Oh those photos are beautiful. It's like looking up at a cluster of continent-shaped constellations.

I'm also in NYC so this whole getting dark only hours after waking up is throwing me off and leaving me sleepy way too early! Hope you're all set to go for the weekend!

Rebecca said...

Sun is shining and it's 60 degrees here in MD which is fantastic for the shortest darkest day of the year. I hate winter coldness and darkness but I try to remind myself that without dark, there would be no light.

astrid irene natalie said...

this is my one of my favourite days of the year as it means we'll get more daylight - last winter was spent in Austria and I def got the winter blues there... snow and darkness for too many weeks!
really happy that the weather in London is extremely mild right now.

Stephanie said...

Those pictures are ridiculous!!!

Normally I get a case of the winter blues, but this year we fiiinally got our gas fireplace fixed, so I'm hoping the cozy-ness of curling up next to a roaring fire will help lift my spirits. ;-)

HiLLjO said...

Happy Solstice :o)

We woke up at 5:00 to meditate on the new light coming after the equinox and to watch the sun come up in its new spot. We even had a fireplace fire!
I hope I make it home before it gets dark after work!

Christina said...

I remind myself of this fact every time we turn the clocks back each year. I can't wait until these dark days are over!

Anonymous said...

Perhaps that explains my gloom today. Very windy here in Yorkshire but sunny and not cold. I shall light candles and start dreaming of May, my favourite month. Also have just bought two lovely old children's books from a charity shop so will pretend I am 10 years old again...
Happy Midwinter, everybody!

joeycake said...

That's so funny--been thinking the same thing: It's all uphill (less dark) from here!

Crazy how dark Africa is, right? So much raw land. Makes me wanna go see the stars from there...

Belinda @ Wild Acre said...

To me this time of year is all about lighting candles and having open fires. At the moment I am lighting a fire in our woodburner as it goes dark most days - so cosy!

Sarah O'Brien said...

what fabulous pictures!

Anonymous said...

Amazing photos! I would love to go somewhere where the ambient light is low and see a night sky full of stars - we never see many stars near our cities. So nice to think of each day getting longer.

Gandhali said...

Yeah, I hate the early darkening sky in winter.. makes me feel so gloomy! But, I don't have to worry about darkening skies and cold weather for a while. :-) Right now, it starts getting darker at about 8:30—9pm! :-D

Nicole @ Giraffelegs said...

I love it to be dark during the holidays, but other than that it makes me sad! =(

Anna Culp said...

I love the winter solstice! It means every day from now until June will have more and more sunshine (like you said). Knowing that each day is a little closer to a long, warm evening barbeque gets me through January!
Love those pictures of Earth...I think I'll frame and hang them.

Caitlin @ Hardly Housewives said...

I love knowing that we're now headed towards more sunshine and daylight. I am finding myself into a bit of winter funk, so I'll have to remind myself that things are looking up :)

Beautiful photos, also!

donginshin said...

Oh today became dark by 12pm... it's really feel bad, but love it will go longer from now on! Yeah! here in Sweden :)

Kylie said...

In the province I'm from in Canada, we're an hour and a half ahead of the rest of North America, so we naturally (and correctly) get the impression it gets darker/earlier a lot faster than the rest of this side of the world

tali said...

i love the last line of your post, joanna! ...if you can make it through today, you're all set. :) am having a rough day and that just managed to put everything into perspective. thanks!

Gabrielle said...

I'm so happy it will stay light a bit longer now! Now I can begin the countdown to summer solstice

Anonymous said...

IT's funny, I use to get the winter blues when I lived in Madison, WI and Portland, OR, but the falls there are amazing.

Now in Northern California, the falls are ho-hum, and no winter blues.

I guess it's a trade-off.

e fran d said...

its not the early setting sun that gets me down, its the late start the sun gets every morning. Mornings are hard enough for me. And when I'm up before the sun, well it makes them that much worse.

fleur_delicious said...

when I started gardening (and following old agrarian holidays as guides to tending my garden), I stopped suffering from SADD, which many people struggle with here in the gray northwest. Part of that calendar includes yule! It's a beautiful sunny day here in Seattle - supposedly our last one for at least a week - and I am enjoying the heck out of it!

I love the photo you posted of the US: you can really see the way this country was colonized, can't you? There's kind of a line, there in the middle, and the lights just peter out - until you get to the west coast. I've never been back east; sometimes it's weird to realize how isolated this part of the country is, in some ways.

Stella said...

the darkness is mad! I'm in Sweden right now, so glad that it has turned :) looking at those pics makes me think even more how my bf is up in the air on his way to the states and I am here. both of our homes away from our home, are so bright but in two different pics, that makes me a bit sad..

Emily said...

It's so weird - I live in Australia so yesterday was the longest day of the year. It was a mild night (about 25C) and we made the most of it by having dinner and drinks at the pub, sitting on a rooftop. The sun set after 9pm.

What is strange though is I felt a little sad that because we've had the longest day of the year and they are just getting shorter now from here on. I guess you guys in the Northern hemisphere can be happy that the days are getting longer for you from now on!!

Emily said...

It's so weird - I live in Australia so yesterday was the longest day of the year. It was a mild night (about 25C) and we made the most of it by having dinner and drinks at the pub, sitting on a rooftop. The sun set after 9pm.

What is strange though is I felt a little sad that because we've had the longest day of the year and they are just getting shorter now from here on. I guess you guys in the Northern hemisphere can be happy that the days are getting longer for you from now on!!

Sonia said...

It's lovely summer down here in New Zealand with looong days! We usually have a swim before Christmas dinner :)

Jessie said...

We're in Iceland, where the sun 'rises' at 11:30 right now and sets at 3:45! :)

Jenn said...

Very hot here in New Zealand, with the sun setting about 9.30 pm :)

Nina said...

Happy Solstice! Did you celebrate it in any way? I'd love to hear how, if you did.

E. said...

I hate how dark it gets - and the time change, too!
http://voyage-on.blogspot.com/2011/11/kill-clock.html

Amanda (Dear Frances) said...

Growing up in Maine, it would be dark by 4pm. You woke up to dark, and when in college, came home from classes to dark. Which of course can get depressing after a while! I now live in Buffalo, and its funny how a slight variation in latitude makes such a difference. The trade off is that in Maine, we had so many beautiful sunny days where the sun twinkles off the snow - exactly what you think of when you picture an idyllic wintery scene... Cold? Ungodly so, at times! Now here in Buffalo, the temperatures are milder, and the days are longer, but there is a constant hazy grey cloud cover all winter long ... sometimes I miss the crisp (jarring!) cold but twinkly bright winter days from back home. So its essentially quality of daylight vs quantity, I suppose.

Rachel said...

Here in New England (Boston), we just use it as excuse to drink warm beverages, bake cookies, and light some candles. It makes the start of Winter less gloomy.

Kiley said...

Since I moved to Chicago in November the sun sets at 4:30 or earlier almost every day, and it gets dark in the apartment earlier than that since our front windows are north facing. It does make me a little sad sometimes

gym toorak said...

Hello,

woah! that is really cool, however, since I moved to New york now, I think the spirit of Christmas is all over the place. I see so many lights, especially during night. I recommend you to check it out too.

Dinx said...

aaaw look at our little Britain glow! It looks very festive! I wonder what that chunk of light is in the middle...London?

Dinx @ Lovely in Random xoxo

Elizabeth said...

We celebrated the night of the Solstice here in Seattle with a fire that burned from sundown to sunup, a bunch of friends in the living room, a giant pot of white chili and lots of fairy lights. Every year we have our fire, and it sure helps lift spirits on the longest night of the year - the perfect start to a great holiday weekend, too!

thecubiclerebel said...

4:32?! REALLY? I thought the latest the sun sets ever is around 4:55 p.m. Gotta check this out. I'm flustered about this.

Maria said...

Even though this happens every year - the whole getting darker earlier business - it never ceases to amaze and depress! Isn't that fascinating?!

Maria xx
www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

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