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Happy Solstice and return of the sun.

 
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"First let us ask: Whence comes all the motive power? What is the spring that drives all? We see the ocean rise and fall, the rivers flow, the wind, rain, hail, and snow beat on our windows, the trains and steamers come and go; we hear the rattling noise of carriages, the voices from the street; we feel, smell, and taste; and we think of all this. And all this movement, from the surging of the mighty ocean, to that subtle movement concerned in our thought, has but one common cause.

All this energy emanates from one single center, one single source, the sun. The sun is the spring that drives all. The sun maintains all human life and supplies all human energy."

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Daylight hours will be getting longer now....more sunlight! My veggies will love it. But it changes slowly, just a minute or so a day here. Because Hawaii is close to the equator, I don't notice dramatic change. In fact, sunrise won't change much in January but sunset will be enough of a change to notice it by the end of the month. We only gain 16 minutes of sunlight in January. Enough that the plants and chickens notice, but not enough to make me shout hurrah. January still seems dark.

I'm looking forward to the spring equinox. That's when my garden starts getting really productive and the pasture grasses start growing strongly again.
 
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yay there were 3 seconds more light today than yesterday...
by april it'll be changing nearly 4 minutes a day, but even though winter hasn't really started here and the worst two months are still to come and we won't get frost free for 6 more months, I'm still always happy when the days do start getting longer.
 
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I'm happy to have more daylight! I work during the day so often I'm out in the dark with a headlamp this time of year trying to get things done. But this also means I have a lot to get done before the growing season starts again. The first wave of growth starts here in February and some things have never really shut down.
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Sunny cold and frosty morning on the solstice
 
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I love the Solstice.  But I look at things a bit different than most.  People think of the winter solstice as being mid winter and the summer solstice as being mid summer.  Bah.  To me there are two seasons and it is the starting of summer now that we are near Christmas!  At the supposed Mid Summer's day, I think, oh damn, it's the first day of winter!   :)  
 
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