Are the short daylight hours of winter getting you down? Then you have reason to rejoice. Sunday December 21 was the Winter Solstice, and the days are now getting longer again. (Yay!) The word Solstice comes from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still) because on the solstices, the sun’s movement north or south across the sky appears to stop as it reverses.
Photo: Winter sunshine at the Lloyd & Mabel Johnson Preserve, protected in 2007.