I can't believe we are only a few days away from the winter solstice! It seems to have gotten here very quickly. After the solstice, on December 22nd, we will already be gaining daylight again. As of today, December 18th, the sun rises at 10:43am and sets at 3:01pm. Even though that's only 4hrs 17min of actual daylight we have 6hrs 51min of visible light. I noticed on December 1st while I was trying to find a spot to hang the outside thermometer that the sun did not hit our property all day which is due to the 6,000 ft. ridgeline just a few miles to the south of us. So we assume it will be late January before the sun directly hits our cabin again. We'll have to pay close attention.
This picture was taken in our backyard on December 13th around 1:30pm. The first snow storm in a month had just ended and the clouds were lifting causing some great sun rays to shoot up in the sky. It was brighter the few minutes before Andrew got out there with the camera. The sun was reflecting off the clouds and highlighting the snow on the ground. Most of our days this winter have been clear with brilliant blue skies, a big change from the summer which was more rainy and overcast than we've experienced in the past. Definitely a gorgeous winter so far!