I like winter solstice as I watch the days get shorter and shorter. I eagerly wait until the days start to get longer and we move toward spring. I also like the folklore connected to winter solstice. Ancient peoples had a variety of celebrations for the day. They also were fairly exact in pinpointing the time of the solstice.
So with all this in mind, I decided to follow the solstice a little closer at my place. I decided to go out and photograph the afternoon every hour to show how the day takes it's course.
The first two photos were taken at 2:00 PM. The first one looking south and the second looking north.
The next tow photos were taken at 3:00 PM. The cloud thickened slightly.
The next two photos were taken at 4:00 PM. The sun sets at 4:26 PM.
This photo shows the west were the sun set at 5;00 PM
The last three photos were taken at 5:00 Pm. It's hard to show darkness with all the street lights.
So today the sun rose at 8:42 AM and set at 4:24 PM. It gave us 7 hours, 41 minutes and 47 seconds of the sun being up.