Tag Archives: Yuletide

Happy Winter Solstice!

© J.N. Urbanski

© J.N. Urbanski

Today, December 21st, is Winter Solstice, officially the first day of winter. The northern hemisphere of the earth is pointed the farthest away from the sun and, tonight begins its slow return towards it until the June Solstice of 2017. The ancient tradition of Yuletide, one of the oldest winter celebrations in Europe began this morning and will end on January 1st, 2017. Yuletide was a fire festival celebrated by the Northern Europeans. Pre-Zoroastrian Persians and ancient Romans celebrated something similar before the common era. Hannukah, the ancient Jewish festival of lights takes place almost concurrently with Yule this year, starting December 24th. The most enduring British tradition from Yuletide is the Yule Log, a small firestarter from a larger bonfire that was shared with many households by landowners in England. Evergreen trees were fashioned into wreaths and other decorations for the interior of the house for their refreshing smell. The Brits still make cakes fashioned into Yule logs and, of course, we still bring in pine trees, decorate them with lights, but now we call it Christmas. Happy Solstice!

Daily Catskills: 12/22/15 Yuletide & The Winter Solstice

47˚F at 9am, overcast and raining. This morning the evergreens twinkled in the rain while a new winter sun rose behind a thick veil of cloud cover to mark the  Winter Solstice and the ancient tradition of Yuletide.

© J.N. Urbanski 11.15am

© J.N. Urbanski 11.15am

© J.N. Urbanski 9am

© J.N. Urbanski 9am

Daily Catskills: 12/31/14

Officially in the teens, the temperature this morning was 17F, with a 4 degree rise to 21F by lunchtime.  Fast flowing water is no match for the chill, and the ice is framing even the sides of even the bigger falls.

© MGP&D  Seventh and Final Day of the 7 days of waterfalls: Stratton Falls

© MGP&D – Day 7 and Final Day of The Seven Days of Waterfalls: Stratton Falls

Daily Catskills: 12/30/14

Temperatures began at 20F this morn.  By 3pm, the temp was…still 20F.  Instantly, ice has begun to form in the steams, bordered by a light layer of snow that fell last night.

© Mountain Girl Photography & Design -   Day 6 of the Seven Days of Waterfalls: Ice Begins to Form

© Mountain Girl Photography & Design – Day 6 of the Seven Days of Waterfalls: Ice Begins to Form

 

Daily Catskills: 12/25/14 Christmas Day

This Christmas morn dawned with an unusually warm temperature of 40F, only dropping a degree or two as the day went on.  Gusty breezes blow, and tumultuous water flows due to recent rains and the snow melt from the high peaks. Merry Christmas!

© Mountain Girl Photography & Design Day 1 of The Seven Days of Waterfalls: Cape Horn Road Falls)

© Mountain Girl Photography & Design – Day 1 of The Seven Days of Waterfalls: Cape Horn Road Falls

Daily Catskills: 12/21/14 Yuletide & The Winter Solstice

An overnight dusting of snow had clad every branch with fresh powder. 30F at midday. The afternoon sky appears to be a hologram varying between gunmetal grey and chalky white. Today is Winter Solstice, officially the first day of winter, which is hard to believe because it started snowing in November, not including a little test run back in October. The northern hemisphere of the earth is pointed the farthest away from the sun and, tonight begins its slow return towards it until the June Solstice of 2015. The ancient tradition of Yuletide began at sundown last night and will end on January 1st, 2015.

© J.N. Urbanski 1.30pm

© J.N. Urbanski 1.30pm