Monday, December 21, 2009

Solstice




Just this past week, I was honored with an invitation to submit photos taken on Solstice for an on-line photo show that has been created by and for photographers as a way to celebrate the day.

So this morning, I bounded out of bed, well before daylight, to make sure I could caffeinate enough to rise to the occasion when the sun came over Taos Mountain. I actually got out there a
wee bit too early, so I spent some time
crawling around on my stomach (yes, in the snow...what I won't do to try to get a good shot) taking photos of things from that perspective. One such shot is this photo of the little plants that seem to have come to our mountain the same time the aspens were brought in and planted. They never seem to flower, but are out in abundance near the aspens all summer.



Just these last weeks, we had some more solar panels added to our system. Our other panels are now 10 years old, and while they still function fairly well, we decided to take advantage of some spare south facing roof space and add some more. With this installation came a new inverter system, and a grid-tie...so now we are helping to provide electricity to someone else in our community when we're not using all we gather each day. It's pretty cool...and it beats the heck out of the years I spent with one 12v light bulb and a back up generator that had to be rewound by hand (yes, it's true...sticking my fingers in there on zero degree nights to rewind that cord left a lasting impression on me...as the electricians who planned the system for this house would tell you).

And now, off to use some of that electricity to watch some TV before hitting the sack. Good Solstice to you.

4 comments:

moneysmith said...

The "little plants" photo is wonderful!! They look like tiny dancers posing in the snow -- definitely worth crawling around on your stomach to get that one! Enjoy your Solstice -- so glad the days will be getting longer now, even if only by a few minutes.

Redheadskydiver said...

Just found your blog and wanted to say that I will be in Taos for a ski trip in Jan. I love your yarns! You can find me on Ravelry as redheadskydiver!

Taos Sunflower said...

Have a great trip...and lots of fun!

Jack Matthews said...

Great photos. Getting up early for the morning sun in order to get good photos is hard, but well worth the effort for those colors. Happy Holidays!