Deep winter

Snow-covered pine trees in Norway’s Skibotn Valley, by Gibfoto.

Photo © Geir-Inge Buschmann / Gibfoto

Photo © Geir-Inge Buschmann / Gibfoto

It’s deep winter in the high northern latitudes… Late dawn, early sunsets, short days and long nights. But the solstice is coming up and things will start to turn around.

For us in the Northern Hemisphere, the December solstice marks the longest night and shortest day of the year. This year, this special day happens on Wednesday, December 21 at 10:44 UTC (December 21 at 4:44 a.m. CST).

Everything you need to know: December solstice 2016

Meanwhile, here’s what Gibfoto told us this about this photo:

Christmas is approaching fast, and for me there is nothing more Christmasy than snow covered pine trees.

Thank you Gibfoto!

Eleanor Imster