Look to the West….. at Sunset

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A Winter Sunset at Allestree, Derbyshire

(but not this winters day)

For many days now we have been told to look to the West as the Sun goes down on the 21st.  If we do, we are told, you will see the “Christmas Star”…..  more precisely  Jupiter and Saturn conjunction.  An Astronomical event that hasn’t occurred here since 1226ad. and today on the Winter Solstice.

But the best laid plans of man and photographers can, and do, go wrong.  Long Lens, Camera and Tripod, all ready to hand.  Location sussed.

Sadly the weather had a very different agenda.  Low cloud, more like Fog all day.  No sunrise, no sunset, so no once in a lifetime experience.

Arh well, I will just have to wait another few hundred years for the next opportunity.

As always, whatever the weather, whatever your hopes….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

21st December

(C) David Oakes 2020

The Winter Solstice…….

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Castlerigg Stone Circle, Keswick, Cumbria

I posted this page at 5.02am GMT.  Officially that is the time of the Winter Solstice.  Hard to believe, but from this point onwards, the days will start to get longer and the nights shorter  Well that’s the truth of the matter.  I guess many folk like me, still think that we have a good deal of winter to come….after all winter has only just begun.

Castlerigg Megalithic Stone Circle, long suggested as being a ‘time clock‘ for the seasons…..   in normal times, like many other of our ancient stone circles, they would be locations for celebrations of the Solstice. 

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

21st December

(C) David Oakes 2020