Half Dome, Merced River, Winter, circa 1938, printed 1979
Gelatin silver print
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
If all goes according to plan, this posted at 23:38 UTC, which is the exact moment at which the winter solstice occurred. Aside from this post, I plan not to observe the solstice. There is a solstice bonfire being held at a park near me, but nuts to that. It's too cold for that sort of nonsense, even if there is a bonfire involved. If I was still back in Virginia, I'd attend the solstice service at my Unitarian church, but I'm not, and the UU church that I visited earlier this year held its soltice service on December 18, a date notable for not ever having been the solstice ever.
Anyway, how about this picture, huh? That Ansel Adams was pretty good. Unlike most of the things I've posted this season, this depicts something I've actually seen. Sort of. It was August when I visited Yosemite National Park, so there was no snow, but I did see the Half Dome, large as life and twice as natural. It's an impressive sight.
Previous Advent posts:
2003: McCabe, "Christmas Night of '62"
2004: Low, Christmas Morn
2005: Bad Santa
2006: Dickens, From A Christmas Carol, first stave
2007: Arctic Madonna
2008: Concerto No. 4 in F minor, Op. 8, RV 297, ‘Winter’
2009: Kore Evohe!