Grace Mendez Winter Solstice 2018

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice is one of my favorite days of the year. Not because we are going into winter, but because the daylight is starting to lengthen again.

I always thought that saying, “the days are getting longer” is a misnomer because a day is still a day and will always last 24 hours. It is awkward to say, “we are gaining more (or less) daylight” so we default to, “the days are getting longer (or shorter)”. I think about day vs night and wonder what would it be like if the days were indeed getting longer. As it is, I feel like the years are flying so maybe the days are getting “shorter” or is it “faster”?

Most every solstice, winter and summer, we go to the Emeryville Marina to watch the sunset. This winter solstice it rained in the morning and the clouds were still hanging around when it was time for the sunset so there was not a clear view of the sun setting from our vantage point. I don’t know what kind of clouds they were but they gave a stunning display. The bay area waters were still and it was like we were looking over a lake instead of the Pacific Ocean waters.

Winter Solstice – San Francisco Bay Area