The Winter Solstice is probably one of my most treasured holidays, symbolizing as it does the return of light. We don't really start seeing the difference in day length until about the end of January here at my latitude, but it makes all the difference in my state of mind knowing the days are once again lengthening, ever so incrementally.
The weather watchers amongst you probably already have heard that Mother Nature decided to throw a big storm this year for the holidays.... record-breaking rainfalls throughout California. Here's a few photos taken on Sunday, showing water in motion, at the cofluence of Oregon Creek and the Middle Yuba River, a few miles from me.
I am standing on the Highway 49 bridge looking upstream to take these photos, with the creek to the left in the picture and the river to the right.
As you can see, both have swollen to completely fill in their banks. Rain has been falling on all that snow that came down a month ago, knocking out so many peoples' electricity, and the snow melt has made it look more like spring than winter storm flow!
See that little bit of bright green grass? There's a parking lot and vault toilets behind it, but what you DON"T see is the long swath of sandy beach that is underwater! This is one of the beaches where we often stop to swim in summer, and directly across the river is another stretch of sand, also completely submerged!
Mama Earth doing a little mopping up? Hopefully nothing more serious, though there are lots of places in the region who have announced where you can get sand bags. Just in case.
This year, the Winter Solstice and a Lunar Eclipse coincide, at around midnight PST or early AM tomorrow if you are further east. Unfortunately, the clouds are not scheduled to break, so I will have to imagine the rare beauty of it! As I write, the moon will be full at 11:43 PM, PST - glorious way to bring back the light!
To all of my dear readers, may I wish you a Happy Yule on winter solstice, and a year full of light and joy to come!