Winter Solstice

Snow fell throughout the winter wrapped city,
sweeping the streets and sidewalks, snowflakes dancing with the ice crystals.
All was white and wild.
Winter’s zenith.

In the depths of a darkened, shadowy building
the lamps glowed throughout the longest night. The lamps glowed.

Solstice. The longest night of the year. December 22 at 1:08 am was the mid-point between the equinoxes. From now on, we folk in the Northern Hemisphere will be ‘seeing the light.’

To all, a celebration.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. What a great set of lights combined with excellent composition. All those arches and doors to draw the eye into the photograph.

  2. You really do have a talent for discovering excellent arrangements in your photos. And the color is very good too. Have a wonderful holiday. And I look forward to seeing what you will come up with in the new year.

  3. So glad that we are finally going to see more sunlight!

  4. Love the glowing lamps…and the arches. Beautiful. I, too, look forward to more light.

    Thank you for your beautiful words and poems.
    Warm thoughts to you,

  5. Another very nice shot! I also celebrate the lengthening of the daylight.

  6. Neat shot Barb, I am so glad we are heading in the other direction now, even though it will have no effect on the temp. Have a Merry Christmas as well.

  7. The northern lights! I’ve always wanted to see those. Solstice is kinda special, huh.

    Loved the words you paired with this picture.

  8. We had a clear sky and a big full moon (or almost full) on the soltice here. It was just perfect. I love your recent photos. Thanks for these excellent images. We can follow your seasonal activities.

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