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I knew at the beginning of the year that I wanted to let go of the blog. I am in a different place now and I need the space to work through a great many things. I intend to keep the archives up for a time, although I have removed the comment function.
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J xxx

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Advent Journey: On Darkness and Light


Dawn: mid December 09.10 am


            November                                   October                                     September



                                Noon                        





            November                                     October                                September





Sunset: 15.30hrs


                 November                             October                                     September


I thought that the shortest day was a good time to continue to look at the monthly progress of the sun along the horizon. I've had to move a good way from my original standpoint to capture the position of the sun, so it may not be obvious just how far round it has moved. There have been very few days where I have seen the sun this month, due to the stormy weather and lack of clear skies.

But now the world stands still in the darkness for a few days, before the sun turns its face Northwards again. There are a few days of this Advent journey left. I began this walk in the dark, searching for  tiny sparks - I think some have caught and are now burning, faintly but steadily. Soon the Light of The World will return and I will see just how far I have come.

14 comments:

  1. We had a wee bit of now this evening. Now the moon is out and the wind has dropped (a wee bit).

    All is (almost) calm.All is bright.

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    1. Yes I saw the moon just now, still gusty but calmer tonight. Blessing and peace to you Lizzi x

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  2. I would like to thank you again for this series of beautiful photographs that have really helped me to better comprehend how our earth moves, how our earth fits into its relationship with the sun around which we rotate.

    In the weeks that lack long sunlit hours, it can be a rather startling, and even revelatory experience to see views like those you've shown us. We rush around each day in our own little routines and deadlines, often really missing the message that the light of each day give us.

    Many thanks for this early Christmas gift to your readers. xo

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    1. Thanks Frances - I fee; very lucky that i can see the movement so clearly here. Hopefull next time it should start to move back towards the South xx

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  3. I love the way you write, beautiful photos,

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  4. Wonderful photos. The longest day has just passed here.

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  5. Lovely photos, we always get a little bit excited on the longest day, time to look forward I always think. Jo x

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  6. Jacquie, I so enjoy glimpses from your world. Oddly, I also have a penpal from Argentina, who is complaining to me about scorching heat of summer solstice, 100 degrees F. I love the north though, as the slanted light : makes drama of everything, which I love. I am adverse to the idea of travel, but if there is one reason I can think of to do it, it would be to experience the radically different light. Being in the middle of California, relatively near San Francisco, on the solstice, the dawn is in the 7 o'clock hour and dusk in the 5 o'clock hour. Thats it from my world. I hope you're feeling better xx

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  7. In the Netherlands we have a mild seaclimate, which means we can have all kinds of weather all year long, no frost in summer - my uchsias froze to near death one summernight at minus 5 C between 9 and 10 of June, that was extreme - but defrosting carwindowscreens until mid May can happen more often - or sweating at 21 C in the thrd week of Octobre or like now rosesbuds getting ready to flower at 11 C above frostpoint while in early november the buds froze of the shrub. It also means sunlight can be glaring silver in summer, but lovely golden as long as the months have an R in their name - which meant codliveroil when I was a child on a spoon, now I take cloilcapsules to soften my dry skin and preparing my skin against sunburn, since taking them I do not sunburn within 10 minutes anymore in winter, it now takes an half hour, still only 10 min. in summer, maybe the spoonful as a child helped then too, although it was not intended against sunburn. We do not see the sun every day over here, but I do search for her. Something I am looking out every day, and I mean daylighttime, is the moon. When you take the time it is amazing how many days you can see the moon just a small half circle, then a few days nothing, it being new moon, again a reversed half circle growing bigger and fuller to a full circle, full moon. I think where you are living you must be able to do this too. I now live in a village, but when a child I lived in the country and there were no houses to hide the moon when it was near the horizon. It sounds silly, my family calls the sun Jeltje but we have no nickname for the moon. Still, I greet that daytimemoon with a nod, a mumbled Hello or Hey, there you are, welcome.To me seeing the moon at daytime is quite normal, yet I think it is amazing, almost like seeing a full sun at three at night. And, I now it is almost unbelievable, but one summer my boyfriend (now husband) and I saw the Aurora Borealis, it was on the 14th of Septembre, my Dads birthday late in the evening and it was spectaculair, we will never forget it. I checked and it can happen when all circumstances are ideal. We were at the 53rd degree, it was like getting a big unexpected present. Wish you a very good 2014.

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    1. Such a beautiful description of your part of the world!! Thanks for sharing!! xo

      ~ Wendy
      http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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    2. Hi - thanks for your lovely evocative comment. I do look for the moon, and i too like to say hello! You were so blessed to see the Norther Lights. it happens here quite often, but very in the very early hours of the morning, and we usually miss it. The people here used to eat cods head stuffed with the liver - it was such a nutritious dish and actually very tasty. now it isn't eaten, we dont get the huge cod now,, but i do like to take cod liver oil. best wishes to you for the New year xx

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  8. Your photos and your words are so beautiful. I so love to see glimpses of how people are spending their days in other parts of the world. It keeps me grounded and reminds me that there is so much more to life then just the day to day things going on in my own world. I don't know that I will ever get to visit Scotland but I feel like I've been there every time I look at your photos. So very beautiful!!! Happy Christmas to you and your family and thank you so very much for your beautiful comment on my blog!!! xoxo

    ~ Wendy
    http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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    1. hello Wendy - thank you for that lovely comment. Hope everything is working out for you all xxx

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