We celebrated the shortest day of the year today. The true beginning of winter, with many more dark, cold months ahead. The funny thing about the light here is that while we only have daylight for about 4 hours, it is rarely pitch dark during the day. It often feels like a prolonged sunrise or sunset due to the low angle of the sun. The light is never harsh, instead it is soft and subtle, and creates long, interesting shadows. It is a beautiful experience to watch the sun make its short run across the sky during an Alaskan December.
That said, I am still glad to be on this side of the solstice.
The mountains seem almost monotone on days like today. When the overcast skies, long shadows and spruce forests create lots of contrast but not much color.