Finally, we have reached the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. At least things will start going the right direction now. Some serene images to celebrate. Happy Solstice to everyone and special thanks to our Lens Artists host for providing some great challenges throughout 2021 including this one.
Even in winter we can find much to celebrate in nature. Our friendly robin greets us each morning looking for breakfast.
And many other garden birds can be seen at the feeders, or queuing up for them.
Most of the leaves have fallen now but even on the ground they still look beautiful.
Some trees, though striped of leaves, are covered in interesting lichens and colourful berries.
While many greens are gone others can be found – like this very healthy and vibrant moss.
Grasses and reeds, while brown, still have interesting seed heads
And on those calm bright winter days we can still enjoy that lovely winter light – even if its length is very short.
Winter too is a time of reflection, for remembering those gone before us, and thinking of those left behind.
Coal tit in winter.
Wishing you all a Happy Winter Solstice. It was a grey day here today – so a photograph from the west coast from earlier in this week.
We have had a few cold frost mornings the last few weeks. The one advantage of a frosty morning is usually a bright start to the day.
Of course there is noting more magical than snow, we haven’t had any yet this winter.
We don’t get it very often here on the west coast of Ireland but we love it when we do.
The weather continues cold, with low night temperatures close to freezing. However, there are a few leaves left to enjoy.
- Crab apple. Usually this tree is loaded with red / yellow crab apples but there were none this year due to late frost. Still the leaves are beautiful.
2. Hazel catkins
3. Highbush cranberry, Viburnum opulus, is not a true cranberry. The fruits are very acidic and are said to taste like cranberries, but I did not find them very palatable.
4. Some birches are still clinging onto the last of their leaves.
5. Though many trees are like this hazel, devoid of any leaves. Still there is something beautiful about bare branches of trees against the sky.
6. Wood for the fire – so important on these dark cold nights.
Thank you to The Propagator for hosting – Six on Saturday
Today, the 21st December is the Winter Solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere. Finally day length will start going the right way. We’ve had a grey few weeks and have not seen much sunshine. But the sun was there briefly this morning just as it rose about 9am only to be swallowed by a bank of cloud.
Wishing you all a lovely Winter Solstice