December 21st, the official start of winter in the northern hemisphere, marks Earth's maximum "away" tilt from the sun. In Wisconsin, we'll take in around 6 hours and 22 minutes less daylight than the longest day in June.
I don't know about you, but for me that's way too short a day. Plus, it gets blasted cold in my cement-floored studio and I have to don long underwear and drink too much coffee to stay warm in here. Not to fret–the amount of daily sunlight we receive grows after the solstice as we edge toward spring. Though my studio will stay chilly a few more months, additional daylight warms my spirit.
Noting the Winter Solstice as both the night of deepest darkness and the return of light is more than an act of faith. For me, celebrating this celestial event honors ancestral abilities to figure out how the world around us works, and our drive to continue doing so. Celebrating Solstice is my salute to brave, brainy, inquisitive human minds throughout the ages.
Here's to following your curiosity, Happy Solstice, my friends!!!
12/19/2020 09:38:52 am
Thank you for sharing. While the days are short, the evenings are long and that is to be celebrated. The the low lying sun casts long shadows and long rainbows through crystals I hang in the southern window. I even had such a strong rainbow the other day that I saw a burn image of, right next to the rainbow on the ceiling. It was magical. I love this dramatic change as each day the light lasts a bit longer, but as it does my rainbow get shorter and as the sun gets higher in the sky, eventually it doesn’t hit the crystals at all. And most of the time I am too busy outside enjoying the fine weather to notice. Happy Solstice!
12/21/2020 11:24:46 am
Hi Michelle! Thank you for sharing your wisdom and talent with us throughout the year. We are sliding in sideways cheering for us making it and optimistic for what’s ahead. Btw, I could suggest a few other hot drinks besides coffee—if you’re interested. 😁 Wishing you and your family holiday cheer and a fertile new year!!! 🎄🎅🏻🎁⭐️💖
12/21/2020 07:42:03 pm
Thanks for your kind words, Andre. I appreciate them. Happy Holidays and Joyous New Year to you!!
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Artist and naturalist Michelle Louis has a vigorous curiosity about the natural world. Her abstract landscape paintings cultivate connection to the lands she explores.
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