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Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Winter Solstice .. Lately noticed ?

This is how the winter solstice dawned on Monday morning .. not with a dramatic red sky morning. The "blue" was desperately trying to punch through the clouds though .. and I appreciated its efforts .. the day did finally become more sunny if not colder ... brrrrrr
I try to see the sky instead of my neighbor's roof .. but sometimes it provides an edge .. some what of a bench mark.

The bits of blue were very pale at times .. almost as if it were giving up ..
The sun took on a perhaps an over bright glare ? Like some one turned on a light bulb in the sky with it trying so hard to shine ..
I really like the Mountain Ash's fingers .. I never gave it a thought until I started close up shots and saw them .. and of course they made me think of Halloween ..
The afternoon sun was softly beautiful .. bits of light gently touching objects.
I loved the affect it had .. just kissing certain spots
The famous rosemary is still hanging on .. look above it on the right to see the suspicious "Maypop" passion flower vine .. curly tendrils still stubbornly hunting for something to grab ?
Another shot ... ice mixed with greenery .. and a dragonfly to boot ?
I think I am in total awe of this stubborn spirited herb .. how she does it I have no idea.
I love her to bits for hanging on and on and on ?

So this was winter solstice

17 comments:

The Garden Ms. S said...

Lovely, soft afternoon winter light. There's nothing like it :)

And now, we will have more light - as my toddler would say - Yayyy!!

Gail said...

I hope it proved to be a sunny and happy one! gail

VW said...

Oh, I love the sunlight 'kisses' as well. What a great way to describe the effect. Our solstice was grey and rainy. But I'm OK with rain - you don't have to shovel it!

Cinj said...

What beautiful shots Joy. I spent my winter solstice baking. Speedy didn't have a great day that day...

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

The lighting over your plants was so pretty. I love when the sun is able to break through the clouds a bit on a cold winter day.
I hope Rosemary survives all winter for you. I just cut some sprigs from mine to bring inside, they smell so good.

Kiki said...

Yay! Beautiful..what a wonderful tribute to Winter Solstice..and such lovely shots..simply beautiful!! Thankyou for sharing your magic!
KIki~

CiNdEe said...

Love the icy bird bath(-: It all looks very pretty(-: We had clear skies here but it was cold!

GardenJoy4Me said...

Merry Christmas Ms S !
I can NOT wait to see more morning sun and a few spectacular red sunrises .. I miss that dramatic sky in the morning : )
But yes ! afternoon to twilight sun value is amazing .. I can't get enough of that either ? LOL
Your toddler is RIGHT ! Yayyyyy !!

Gail girl .. still waiting for the mailman to deliver something really special ;-) Hope you have a great Xmas and a very Happy New Year !


VW girl .. it is only a matter of time before you have better weather but you are so right about not having to shovel snow !!
Yes .. those sun kisses don't last long .. I have to capture them quickly : )
Have wonderful holidays girl : ) rest up for the garden year coming !

Cinj .. my goodness .. that is a wonderful way to spend the day too ! All of those wonderful smells coming from the kitchen .. I wish I was a good baker .. I would have done that as well .. Speedy will get over it .. haha
Merry Christmas !

Catherine .. I still have herbs drying in brown bags above the fridge that I was supposed to jar up as little Xmas gifts ..so if I ever get around to that ? the smell of the rosemary oil should still make my hands smell wonderful : ) Merry Xmas girl !

Hello there Kiki ! I truly meant to post on that day .. but things here have been so hectic and so out of sorts .. but a late tribute is better than none ? LOL
Happy Holidays girl !

Cindee girl .. the cold is nipping at everyone now ? Mista G is almost fully Canadian ;-) He is doing super and puts up with Dave's mutterings all the time ! haha Merry Christmas girl : )

Crafty Gardener said...

I love the photos of the sky through the trees. It certainly was a lovely sunny day for Winter Solstice.

Wishing you and your family a happy and peaceful holiday season.

Carrie said...

yet again I ask ~ is that rosemary fake?, really Joy, tell the truth, lol. What beautiful light I love the kisses and the fact that you can see Halloween (your fav!).

garden girl said...

Lovely photos Joy! I didn't used to like the light this time of year unless it was bright and sunny at least part of the day, but I've really come to appreciate winter's beauty in recent years.

Merry Christmas!

Rose said...

Lovely photos, Joy! The sky looks as though it's ready to burst with a showering of snow. I'm ready for a little snow instead of the rain we keep getting.

Glad to see the rosemary is hanging in there--wishing you a very Merry Christmas, Joy!

GardenJoy4Me said...

Linda thank you ! and I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas too .. now the time is turning in our favor for Spring and garden season ? LOL

Carrie (pppssst ! don't tell anyone !!) honest to god girl I don't know how the rosemary is doing it but she is doing it !!
Yes : ) give me a chance and I will find Halloween some where ??

Merry Christmas Linda and I am glad you can see a little pleasure in the different lighting .. the sky can be simply awesome even when we think it is ordinary .. I think the " light bulb" is actually in us to turn on ? LOL

Rose girl a very merry Christmas to you and your family (furry creatures too !) I am expecting to see a change in rosemary every day especially with our colder temps, but no she is hanging in no matter what : ) amazing ? LOL
Hope you get a bit of snow just to make it a white Christmas !

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Your photos lately are amazing. Did you get that new camera?

Funny how all that extra practice we get from needing blogging shots improves our skills.

Love what you are posting.

Jen

GardenJoy4Me said...

Jen girl you are so sweet ! Thank you : ) .. I have seen so many bloggers improve amazingly with their shots too and I think you are exactly right .. we are all getting much better from all the practice and that is so satisfying to see ! .. Not a new camera, but a lot my patience and perspective ? LOL
Hey .. Merry Xmas !! girl : )

Carol said...

Lovely light in your photos and it is growing longing each day now! Carol

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Yes the sky was lovely the 21st. I love how it looked from your place. I am amazed at your rosemary doing so well out there.