First Day of Winter

I have written several posts about the change of seasons, so thought that tonight I would share a few winter pictures since today is the first day of winter.

The pictures in the post tonight come from my Grandma’s Scrapbooks.

Barn in Winter - Party in Barn - Cold Weather - Winter - Winter Solstice - SeasonsToday is the winter solstice. When we have a solstice, which means sun standing, the path of the sun is either at the furthest north or south. In the case of the winter solstice it is the furthest south for us in the Northern Hemisphere.

This means that we have the shortest day (daylight time) of the year today. At the summer solstice we have the longest day of the year.

On the day of the spring equinox or autumnal equinox, we have roughly equal periods of daylight and darkness and the sun is above the equator.

I really like the picture of the party in the barn. Even though it is cold they are having a party in what is probably an unheated building. I even remember having outdoor parties in the cold when I was a kid in Iowa. There was always someplace where you could go to get warmed up when needed.

The party looks really inviting and warm 🙂

First Day of Winter - Winter Sports - Snow Scene - Season Change - Winter SolsticeThis picture brings back a lot of memories of sledding when I was a kid. We never put on skis, but we definitely went down the hills on a sled. I especially remember the big hill at Wildwood Park in Ottumwa.

We also had a small hill behind out house when we lived in Kansas where we would have a lot of fun with makeshift sleds.

Winter Wonderland - Deer in snow - Winter Scene - Grandma's Scrapbooks - Old Seasonal Card - Big BuckThis card brings back memories of walking through the woods in the snow. When you walk in the snow you see a lot of animal tracks that you wouldn’t normally see.

I also have memories of waking up to seeing beautiful pristine fields of snow after an overnight snowfall. Or, maybe a single row of hoof or paw prints across them that just makes you wish you could have seen the animal as it crossed in the snow.

Of course, the card also makes me think of some of the beautiful deer I have seen over the years. They often look so majestic as they stand still and then bound quickly away to safety.

I really like the changes in seasons and sometimes miss having a good winter with a lot of snow. Then I take a drive in a blizzard and I don’t miss it for awhile.

Steven

Ankerstein - Anker Building - Anker Church - Blocks

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5 Responses to First Day of Winter

  1. Glenda McDougal says:

    Loved the pictures …

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