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Sunset is back in view for 2017

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John Berger – Each pine at dusk

Each pine at dusk
lodges the bird
of its voice
perpendicular and still
the forest
indifferent to history
tearless as stone
repeats
in tremulous excitement
the ancient story
of the sun going down.

  • John Berger from “And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos”

New Yorker – Postscript: John Berger, 1926 – 2017: http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/postscript-john-berger-1926-2017 

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New Year’s Eve – Final Sunset of 2016

New Year’s Eve: the final sunset of 2016

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December 26, 2016 – Sunset

My oldest and I went to a location we hadn’t been to before to play Pokémon.  We were able to catch the sunset which set about 4:49 PM.

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Winter Solstice 2016

Happy Winter Solstice!

The reason for the season. The Winter Solstice heralds the symbolic rebirth of the Sun, the lengthening of days, and the promise of renewed life.

I would have liked to appreciate the winter solstice sunset from somewhere cold and with snow.  But here in Pacifica it was a warm 61 degrees and so I took a walk down by the pier and caught this sunset.

Winter Solstice Sunset 2016

I took this picture at the Pacifica Municipal Pier on December 21st, 2016 at 4:52 PM.  Winter has officially arrived according to astronomers.  This year I learned why meteorologists have a different start date for winter than astronomers.  I also learned that there may be a better way to mark the seasons by having the solstices mark the middle of the season instead of the start.  There are Midsummer festivals which as the name denotes are held in the middle of the summer and occur around the summer solstice.  Perhaps it would be a good idea to have a Midspring, Midautumn and Midwinter festivals as well?  You can never go wrong with adding more festivals in my opinion.

Links:
http://www.almanac.com/content/first-day-winter-winter-solstice

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/weather-science-december-1-first-day-of-meteorological-winter/41082

“Culturally, the solstices and equinoxes are typically used to denote either the beginnings of the seasons or the center points of the seasons,” as in England, says Rick Kline, with the Spacecraft Planetary Imaging Facility at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

“Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other holidays have arisen out of the solstices, equinoxes and the midpoints between them,” he said.

USA Today Article:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/sciencefair/2016/12/20/winter-solstice/95656640/