Long Night Moon

It’s been a while since my last post; things have been quiet.  The days are short, the nights are long and a bitter cold has set in.  The little white Christmas lights and candles help some with the darkness. 

Candle Light Art

Candle Light Art

Before things froze up solid outside, I noticed a leaf that was sitting in water in an old tub near the barn.  The morning sun had warmed things up enough for the ice to start to melt slightly.

Captured

Captured

The surface of the ice had a texture to it which must have been created by the wind…I placed an old fungi covered broken branch across the edge of the tub to create a little contrast and interest:

Frozen Texture

Frozen Texture

Shortly after taking the photos above, we had some light snow and freezing rain.

Ice Encrusted Pine Needles

Ice Encrusted Pine Needles

Enrobed Cotoneaster Berries

 And then we had more snow…

Snow on Bench

Snow on Bench

But the winter solstice occcurs this Saturday, December 21st just after noon eastern standard time.  This will be the shortest day and the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.  And although winter officially begins on this date, to me it means that day by day, minute by minute the days will be getting longer!  It signifies a turning point from death to rebirth.  A time of celebration!

Through the Icicles

Through the Icicles

The full moon nearest to the winter solstice is called the “Long Night Moon” or the “Winter Solstice Moon”.  We had a full moon two nights ago.

Long Night Moon

Long Night Moon

Stay warm!

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One thought on “Long Night Moon

  1. KerryCan

    Susan, your photos are gorgeous! I love the one of the white pine needles, especially! I completely agree about seeing the “beginning of winter” as a turning point to better times!

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