Winter Solstice Shadow Creativity
What do chickadees and gardeners and druids and photographers have in common?
The longest night and the shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere has been celebrated as Winter Solstice for about 6000 years old. Seriously, that long! Green boughs, wassail, honey, bread and cheese … although druids are usually associated with the Celtic celebrations, there have been “end of the shortest day” festivals and customs worldwide for every letter of the alphabet for nearly forever. Winter Solstice marks change and hope, but the whole concept is a little trying for folks when frosty temperatures and short days mark the celebration. The photographer with nippy fingers switches refreshed batteries that refuse to offer life in dippy temperatures and muses about Summer Solstice sunsets.
With the Winter Solstice almost immediately swallowed by that “tinsel and turkey” festival, it is hard to keep focused on the long haul. How do photographers remain zealous about the prospect of weak light, grey skies and colder temperatures for months to come? Just as gardeners have suppress their desire to grasp a hoe by leafing through seed catalogues, so too photographers need to address with enthusiasm continued creativity through the monochromatic months.
As for the chickadee, the time has come to sing a new song. After the Winter Solstice they pull out their breeding noisemakers; it is time to think about breeding in the dead of winter and melodically blast out the announcement of the season, spring is coming, let us breed.
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