Winter Dawn

We’re getting into prime “dark period” now, the most challenging time for solar-powered off-grid living. The 6 weeks preceding and following the winter solstice mean short days and sun low on the horizon… and pretty much assure some need to run the generator, especially during a string of overcast days.

snowy_night

“It was a dark and stormy night.”

But this time of year also brings some marvellous beauty with the sun at those unique angles and sky positions. On Sunday I was up in time to get outside and see a stunning dawn sunrise following a moderate snowfall the night prior. A good reminder of the principle of impermanence, and the value of presence. I was balancing off taking some pictures to share, with just “being” and experiencing the awesome sight before me… because it was morphing by the second and within 10 minutes it had disappeared, reverting to a monochrome winter morning. Carpe diem. Memento mori.

Winter is a particularly peaceful and cozy time here. Snow hushes the sound to a silence broken only by the cheerful optimist birds who stick around for winter (chicka-dee-dee-dee). Wood stoves provide a deep warmth unmatched by any other indoor heating system. Candles add a spiritual feel to indoor spaces as they dance against log walls and wood ceilings.

Rising sun hits the top of the larches, their golden needles still holding on a few more days before dropping.

Rising sun hits the top of the larches, their golden needles still holding on a few more days before dropping.

dawn_pines

Looking southeast, toward sunrise, through the white pines.

Ask a question or make a comment...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s