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winter solstice

A natural occurence that happens when the Earth's axial tilt is farthest away from the sun at its maximum of 23° 26'.

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Dark Curves

  • Dec 29, 2010

I've always enjoyed knowing what winter solstice is and when it occurs, but that's about all I've ever noticed about it until I started driving to work via a backroad through the country. 

I have lived in my current home roughly three years now and had to take a different route to work when I moved.  That route takes me on a very curvy road that is pretty much surrounded by trees on either side all the way through.  With this thick tree cover blocking out what little sun is left in the sky, dark winter days get darker a lot faster.  For this reason, winter solstice has become my favorite day to drive through the woods on my way home from work because at around 5:15 pm, my whole world is surrounded in darkness.

I also have the chance to see a few more of my nocturnal friends on the way home as owls, raccoons, coyotes, and a few deer are on the move on this particular backroad once it gets dark.  With more of these critters roaming the country, I have to slow down a bit so that I don't run into them.  This makes the drive a bit longer and even more pleasurable.

Overall, it's a very pleasant drive on the darkest day of the year.  It helps that it is cold as well, which only adds to the atmosphere in my book!

Who would have thought that after thirty plus years of life, driving down a backroad would become such an enjoyable thing to do?!?!

One day I'll remember to bring a camera along with me and try to catch one of my furry friends on the roadside and post it with this review.

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January 07, 2011
Oh, this sounds like a fun drive! Perhaps a bit spooky at times? I like that you take the time to enjoy the ride home, look at your surrounds and night time creatures, instead of racing to get back. Those tunnel roads are always so cool, probably because they are fairly rare, so it's always a treat when you find one. Thanks for sharing!
January 07, 2011
Yes, I have to admit that this road can be spooky when the setting is right. If it's foggy and close to Halloween, my mind starts going crazy and I start looking for the Headless Horseman!
January 07, 2011
Yes, that's exactly what I would be thinking - ghosts, goblins, and headless horsemen! Spooky, but a bit thrilling too!
December 29, 2010
I can completely visualize the road that you take to work, though I've never been to Louisiana! I love roads like that, I call them tree tunnels since it's like you're driving through a tunnel of trees and it always makes me take a second to appreciate the beauty of nature. I can't wait to see the pics of your furry friends :)
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Quick Tip by . December 23, 2010
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Having lived in South East Asia for the majority of my life, Winter Solstice is not quite meaningful. However, in my last 3 years of living in China, I noted it as a reasonable important festival! In fact, so much so it's probably 1 of the 10 most important festivals in China. Somewhat like the Chinese New Year's Eve, everyone goes home for reunion dinner! The northern part of the country would celebrate by eating jiaozi (饺子)while the southern regions celebrate by eating tangyuan (汤圆)! …
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Despite looking extremely cool, I have to admit that I'm a dork. I grew up on the outskirts of the small town of Oberlin, LA. I have since relocated to the Lake Charles, LA area.I love my home state … more
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The winter solstice occurs exactly when the Earth's axial tilt is farthest away from the sun at its maximum of 23° 26'. Though the winter solstice lasts only a moment in time, the term is also a turning point to midwinter or the first day of winter to refer to the day on which it occurs. More evident to those in high latitudes, this occurs on the shortest day and longest night, when the sun's daily maximum position in the sky is the lowest.

The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the winter solstice occurs on December 21 or 22 each year in the Northern Hemisphere, and June 20 or 21 in the Southern Hemisphere. The 2010 winter solstice (summer solstice in the southern hemisphere) occurred on December 21, at 23:38 UTC. This is 11:38 pm Western European Time (WET) or 6:38 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied from culture to culture, but most cultures have held a recognition of rebirth, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time.
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