Winter arrives on Friday at 22:23 UTC. From that time forward, the Northern Hemisphere will turn back towards the light. It has been another warm Winter in Minnesota, painted in dull tones of brown and gray. This piece from 2011 captures the feelings then and now as this time of light and reflection wobbles back through the grace of our tilting planet.
It is dark outside when the alarm goes off, not at all a time to wake up. The usual 8 hours and 41 minutes of daylight we can expect on a Winter Solstice is never enough to keep us going, even on a relatively warm and sometimes even bright year like this. The brown Winter of 2011 is just as dark as any other.