Out & about: winter solstice

‘When you’re walking the view shifts and changes.
Walking’s a form of hope.’

from ‘The World Without Us
by Mireille Juchau

 

I spent the week of the winter solstice down at our beach shack at Aldinga Beach. We had planned to go camping to Yorke Peninsula, but various things conspired against these plans. In the end, it didn’t matter. I feel incredibly lucky to have our beach shack as a fallback, all year round.

Winter solstice sunset (1)

The weather that week was unusually dry, cold and sunny for June in Adelaide, with overnight temperatures getting down to as low as 2 degrees Celsius. That made for beautiful weather in which to go walking, both in the Scrub (more photos in a post to come, perhaps) and on the beach.

Winter solstice sunset (2): dying light

The sunset on the evening of the winter solstice was cold, clear and beautiful. Though the time of the year when the days are at their shortest often leaves me feeling light-starved and sunshine-deprived, that evening was still worth celebrating.

Winter solstice sunset (3): last glow of light

An additional note: I took these photos between about 5.15 pm and 5.30 pm. The sunsets from hereonin will be later every day … and that’s another thing worth celebrating!

3 thoughts on “Out & about: winter solstice

  1. Beautiful photos! Your days are lengthening and ours are shortening, as we ride the seesaw of the year. It’s pretty neat that we live on a planet where we share alternating seasons – very democratic!

  2. I’m inspired by the fact that even though your camping plans fell through, you found beauty and wonder at your own doorstep. I also love the beginning quote you chose. I’ve never thought of walking as a form of hope, but it’s an idea I want to contemplate more. Thank you.

    1. Thank you, Bespoke. It is a good quote, isn’t it? I love the idea of walking as a form of hope — every time I step outside my door, to wander to the beach, or walk through the Scrub, or even to walk to the railway station to go to work (which is better than driving, right?!), I think of this quote, and it feels good to be stepping outside again, putting one foot in front of the other, looking around me — at the birds, the trees, the gardens, the sky — and it does indeed feel like an act of hope. Thank you also for your always thoughtful comments on my posts 🙂

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