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.
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.