Christmas eve sunrise

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Image of winter sun rising in the eastOne of the nice things about short winter days is that it’s not too difficult to get up before sunrise. These two photos were taken a bit after seven thirty in the morning. It’s not going to be much of a white Christmas, I’m afraid. Sunday the snow pack was dissolved by rain and highs in the 50s(F), and the highs are supposed to be above freezing the rest of the week.

In the second photo below, the edge of the cloud cover appears as a straight line, revealing the golden light coming up over the horizon.

The Heavens are telling the glory of God,
The wonder of his work displays the firmament.

Today that is coming speaks it the day,
The night that is gone to following night.
The Heavens are telling the glory of God,
The wonder of his work displays the firmament.

In all the lands resounds the word,
Never unperceived, ever understood.
The Heavens are telling the glory of God,
The wonder of his work displays the firmament.
~from “The Creation” by Franz Joseph Haydn

Image of winter sunrise from the southeast

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.

~Mitchell Burgess in Northern Exposure

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lisa January 2, 2008, 3:20 pm

I’m with Benjamin-too early to be awake unless you have to! (Which is why the only sunrise I see is on my way to work 😉 Love that second picture, it’s like the stage curtain coming up.

Benjamin December 29, 2007, 4:21 pm

As Nan said, winter sun shots are the best–I’ve just figured this out this year, but I’m more in tune to things with my larger spread now.

And I beg your pardon, but even though the sun rises after 7 here, that’s still too early for me. Yuck.

layanee December 26, 2007, 7:31 pm

Beautiful photos of a beautiful morn! Merry Christmas!

Kathy Purdy December 25, 2007, 9:52 pm

We sang this part of “The Creation” by Haydn when I was in junior high choir. Whenever I see ” a bit of glory” this song comes to my mind.

Thank you all for your Christmas greetings. Merry Christmas and best wishes for a great gardening year!

Ken Schill December 25, 2007, 1:28 pm

Hi Kathy!
Sweden calling.
It is no snow here either.
You can see at my gardenblog on my pictures I have taken to day, not good for christmasday.
Sorry for my engelish;)
Best regards and Marry Christmas
Ken from Sweden

Dee/reddirtramblings December 25, 2007, 10:33 am


Merry Christmas, Kathy to you and your family! I’m so glad we met. Thank you for all you did to help me get started blogging.

Nan Ondra December 25, 2007, 9:04 am

There’s really something special about sunrises and sunsets in winter, I think–even more than at other times of year. Thanks for sharing your photos, Kathy–and Merry Christmas!

Curtis December 25, 2007, 6:22 am

Merry Christmas Kathy!

Very pretty sunset. No snow left over from a few days ago here either. But at least we have had electric for a few days now.

Curtis from Growing Thumbs