Thursday, July 03, 2008

Winter Solstice

In astronomy, the solstice is either of the two times a year when the Sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator, the great circle on the celestial sphere that is on the same plane as the earth's equator. In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs either December 21 or 22, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Capricorn; the summer solstice occurs either June 21 or 22, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Cancer. In the Southern Hemisphere, the winter and summer solstices are reversed.

Sunset and lighthouse photos taken at Fremantle Harbour, north mole on the 21st June 2008, and it's a fantastic place to catch, garfish, herring, Tailor, southern tuna (if ya lucky) and the odd squid or octopus!


France said...

Hi Julie!
You know, in Canada (and other countries I suspect) we base our seasons on the solstices and equinoxes... I was shocked when I moved here that the seasons started on the First day of months where the Solstice or Equinox occurs. It still boggles my mind.
What a great way to celebrate those occasions than to turn a new leaf and start a new season!
Gorgeous pictures!

Linda Cain said...

Beautiful shot! Thanks for sharing!
Linda Cain

Jen Crossley said...

Beautiful Photo's JVO

Sam Marshall said...

Lovely photos!