Sunday, December 18, 2022

Winter Is Coming!

Astronomical winter begins in the northern hemisphere this Wednesday, December 21. It will be the shortest day of the year. After that the days will lengthen, slowly at first, then in increasing increments. In Philadelphia the sun sets today at 4:37. Next week, on Christmas day, at 4:41. Things will get brighter. That's the good news. On the other hand, I'm already pretty cold and winter hasn't even started yet. Click to enlarge.

And now a timely poem. Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams:

"All the complicated details 

of the attiring 

the disattiring are completed!

A liquid moon

moves gently among 

the long branches.

Thus having prepared their buds

against a sure winter

the wise trees

stand sleeping in the cold."

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