Sandstone beach lit by low-angle sun

December LIght (click to enlarge)

Two years ago almost to the day, I took this photo, looking northwest from Descanso Bay Park on Gabriola Island. The low angle winter sun, combined with the sea and the furrowed sandstone so characteristic of Gabriola’s shores, formed a tapestry of light, shadows and subtle colours that I found visually irresistible.

And now, here in the northern hemisphere we are once again at winter solstice: the day that holds the least light and the longest darkness of the entire year. At this season, most of us seek extra light, looking for the warm and welcome sense of comfort it can bring.

Today the sun will stop moving southward. It will briefly pause (“solstice” comes from the Latin words for “sun stops”), then it will start moving northward again. Of course, it’s not really the sun that’s moving – it’s our earth, relative to the sun’s position. All the same, today is a welcome occasion. Before too many weeks, we’ll start to see the difference in the length of our daylight hours.

As we celebrate the start of the light’s return, here’s wishing all readers a peaceful, happy and healthy holiday season.

About Laurie MacBride, Eye on Environment

Photographer focused on nature and nautical on the BC coast

6 responses »

  1. blingsister says:

    Beautiful light and lovely shot!

  2. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Love the colors on this photo.

  3. Sherry Galey says:

    I find this work of yours visually irresistible too. It is one of my favourites. I wish you and yours a joyous and meaningful holiday and all good things for 2014!

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