Monday, December 21, 2009

solstice song

I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December
A magical thing
And sweet to remember.
"We are nearer to Spring"
Than we were in September.
I heard a bird sing
In the dark of December.

Oliver Herford (1863 - 1935) writer, artist and illustrator

The mid December solstice marks the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice occurs on December 21, 2009 at 12:47 PM EST and 17:47 UT (Universal Time).

In the Southern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice takes place on June 21, 2009 5:45 UT (Universal Time).

While the beginning of summer marks the longest day of the year, the winter solstice brings the shortest day - and the longest night! - of the year.

the above information (and much more) about solstice comes from here.

happy solstice!

denise jordan finley's short and sweet solstice song

photo: washington dc. november 2009


tut-tut said...

Thanks, Kim! Hadn't heard of that singer before.

Roy said...

Glad Yule, Kim! Interesting song; I've never heard of her, I'll have to investigate.

BTW, my annual Solstice greeting is up.

Ronda Laveen said...

Happy Solstice to u2. Yeah!

Colette Amelia said...

Time to pop a vitamin D and get out for a cold walk in the snow...those dark days also bring on dark spirits unfortunately...but this post brightened things up!

Reya Mellicker said...

Yep. That's a Capitol Hill turret alright. But where ... hmmmm ... can't place it.

Happy solstice, friend!!

Kate Hanley said...

Happy Solstice! A former boss always sends out a mass e mail on each of the Solstices with snippets of poems about the season. It's wonderful to celebrate it.

e said...

Happy Solstice, Mouse! The singer is new to me as well. Have a great week!