Long Shadows, Long Light

We’ve had a break from all the clouds, torrential rain, intermittent hail and nights of snow – so I went for a run. At this time of the year, the sun is low at 4:30 in the afternoon and sets only 20 minutes later. It casts long, reaching shadows from its last point of illumination…

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Summer’s Begun

I always greet this day with a bit of wistfulness. It’s the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere, the longest day of the year, and it also rings in the season of days that grow ever shorter. It seems like a good day from which to look at the year thus far, and the…

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Solstice Splendor 2014

Sunrise and sunset on the solstice. To the east, the sun breaks a new day above the sharp peaks of the young Alps. To the west, the day comes to its end as the sun sets behind the gentle slopes of the ancient Jura range. Welcome, splendid Winter.

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Solstice Run

A stunning summer solstice day, some of it spent in the garden staking up tomatoes and peas, some of it spent sitting together, some of it spent in blissful afternoon napping. And some of it spent on a good 7 km run. The summer solstice is a bittersweet pleasure. The beginning of summer; when the first…

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Solstice Unspools

Welcome Winter Solstice 2013. Last year I was relieved that the Mayan End of Days turned into just another day; this year, I’m relieved that the icy grip of early winter thawed for long enough to do some end of year, last-minute garden work. We’ve been keeping ourselves warm with our Whisky Advent Calendar, and…

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Cosmic Dawn, Winter Solstice, End of Days, etc.

At the long-heralded End of Days for the Mayan calendar, it’s a relief to see that the good old first day of winter dawned after all. Not only that, it’s the earliest first day of winter since 1896. If one is permitted a favorite when it comes to milestones in our planetary spin around the…

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