Resnick explained that “sunset colors linger closer to the winter solstice, which allows us to enjoy them for longer.”
Corfidi is quoted as saying, “In the wintertime, it’s more likely you’ll get well defined cloud systems.” Corfidi said the systems are the result of a stronger temperature gradient between the north and southern latitudes, and a stronger jet stream.
The December solstice in Pennsylvania is at 4:48 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21, In terms of daylight, this day is five hours, 52 minutes shorter than the June solstice. In most locations north of the equator, the shortest day of the year is around this date, according to www.timeanddate.com.
The site also mentioned that the earliest sunset is on Dec. 7 or Dec. 8.
My original lens ball had sustained some scratches in several accidents. There were quite a few times when trying to get photos I had to chase a rolling glass ball across the porch floor.
However, Gus had also taken the ball and it’s carrying case out of a drawer and dropped it outside in the dog kennel. It was hard to determine when exactly the marks appeared.
So, a new set of three was ordered: small, medium and large.
Well, the large ball had already sustained a drop onto the ground due to the fact that it was too heavy for a tripod mount.
Luckily, the ground was not frozen and cushioned the fall.
When a sparkling sunset wasn’t available, I turned my attention to my Christmas lights.
The results were colorful despite the lack of real light.