Happy Solstice & Winter

Happy Solstice and Winter by Dale DeVries

Happy Solstice and Winter by Dale DeVries

The Winter Solstice which marks the beginning on winter in the Northern Hemisphere officially happened at 5:02 am this morning. As you may know, the two largest planets Jupiter & Saturn will appear at their closest point since 1623 and the closest observable conjunction since 1226  just after sunset this evening! Michigan weather being what it is, the likelihood of us being able to see it isn’t high, but we will have a chance to enjoy it for the next few evenings.

Dale took this photo on the winter solstice back in 2014. He says that he was overjoyed to find a Snowy Owl on my first trip out that winter – almost like a Christmas present! See more in his Best of West Lake gallery on Flickr & also follow Dale on Facebook for more.

Lots more snowy owl pictures & info on Michigan in Pictures!

Support Michigan in Pictures with Patreon

Sunset, Solstice & the St. Joseph Lighthouse

Winter Solstice by Scott Glenn

Happy Solstice everyone!

Scott took this photo just after sunset on the winter solstice in 2016 at the St. Joseph Lighthouse​!

See the photo bigger and see many more in Scott’s Lighthouses gallery on Flickr!

Also check out more winter solstice & St Joseph Lighthouse pics on Michigan in Pictures!

An Ode to the Winter Solstice

an-ode-to-the-winter-solstice

An Ode to the Winter Solstice, photo by Cherie

EarthSky’s page on the winter solstice says:

The solstice happens at the same instant for all of us, everywhere on Earth. In 2016, the December solstice comes on December 21 at 5:44 a.m. EST. That’s on December 21 at 10:44 Universal Time. It’s when the sun on our sky’s dome reaches its farthest southward point for the year. At this solstice, the Northern Hemisphere has its shortest day and longest night of the year.

…At the December solstice, Earth is positioned in its orbit so that the sun stays below the north pole horizon. As seen from 23-and-a-half degrees south of the equator, at the imaginary line encircling the globe known as the Tropic of Capricorn, the sun shines directly overhead at noon. This is as far south as the sun ever gets. All locations south of the equator have day lengths greater than 12 hours at the December solstice. Meanwhile, all locations north of the equator have day lengths less than 12 hours.

For us on the northern part of Earth, the shortest day comes at the solstice. After the winter solstice, the days get longer, and the nights shorter. It’s a seasonal shift that nearly everyone notices.

View Cherie’s photo background big and see more in her Michigan can be a Winter Wonderland slideshow.

Winter Solstice: Ten seconds at Tahquamenon edition

winter-solstice-at-tahquamenon-falls

winter solstice, upper tahquamenon falls, michigan, photo by twurdemann

I wrote that the actual moment of the solstice was 11:48 PM last night, but it’s actually TONIGHT!  Anyway, here’s a simply gorgeous photo from the 2013 winter solstice at Tahquamenon Falls to kick off the shortest day of the year. I hope you can fit everything in and get a great start to your week!

View twurdemann’s incredible ten-second exposure bigger and see more including some more shots of the dramatically different scene at the Falls in 2013 in his winter slideshow.

Lots more Tahquamenon Falls and more about the winter solstice on Michigan in Pictures!

One year after the End of the World

Mayan Calendar---Weather Edition

Mayan Calendar—Weather Edition, photo by katerha

In addition to marking a full year of surviving the expiration date of the previous Mayan calendar, the winter solstice happens at 12:11 PM today. EarthSky has a guide to everything you need to know about the Winter Solstice that has all the details.

The weather outside is frightful though – stay safe and take care!

Check Kate’s photo from Cedarville out background bigtacular and see more in her winter slideshow.

Time to update your background to winter? There’s 7+ years of Michigan winter wallpaper on Michigan in Pictures!