above – inside the tree – 2017
Every year around this time, I really start to crave light. I think it’s called seasonal affective disorder or something like that. Anyway, the sun is low in the sky and in the Central Time Zone it gets dark by 4:45 pm. But there is light on the way my friends, because on Thursday the days will start getting longer! The winter Solstice is a glass half empty half full kind of thing for me. Yes, it’s the 1st day of winter but it’s also the point in the calendar where the days start to get longer – the length of daylight increases every day now until the summer solstice.
This year, the winter solstice is @ 10:28 Central time Dec. 21st. For those of you keeping score, the solstice is the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. Spring is right around the corner. Sort of.
“While we don’t know the exact causes of SAD, some scientists think that certain hormones made deep in the brain trigger attitude-related changes at certain times of year. Experts believe that SAD may be related to these hormonal changes. One theory is that less sunlight during fall and winter leads to the brain making less serotonin, a chemical linked to brain pathways that regulate mood.”
tree light – 2016
time warp tree – Flossmoor, IL 2018
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.