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Light in a time of darkness

We’ve been waiting for this moment.

Around the end August we started noticing subtle changes in nature; shadows that looked a little different. By September it was becoming obvious that we couldn’t deny it any more, the sun was setting behind the trees now; in July the sun used to set behind a great wide field and it took such a long time for it to finally do so. In July, the farm was full of Monarchs and blooms and August brought the emergence of tree frogs and cicada, a little late this year it seemed. Slowly these creatures seemed to slip from view, they were replaced with a comical and curious flock of turkeys and by the end of October – snow! Since then the shortening of daylight seemed to quicken its pace while the night grew stronger.

The winter solstice is upon us. For us in the Northern Hemisphere this time marks the shortest day and longest night of our year. More importantly it means that every day after the winter solstice, will bring a little more daylight until we reach our next halfway point, the summer solstice.

So, enjoy this late dawn and early sunset. Enjoy your longest noontime shadow of the year. In our neck of the woods, this moment in time, the 2019 winter solstice will take place on December 21 and 10:19 p.m. CST.

Find light in a time of darkness for all of Earth’s creatures.