Winter Solstice morn
The shortest day of the year
Sun now returning
To be honest, I can hardly say that the sun ever really left! Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate, with very mild winters.
Here I’ve photographed my Poinsettia in a little morning mist. The plant is a good 6 metres (20 feet) tall, so basically a tree. I have to shoot from underneath and with my arm high above my head to try to capture the red leaves, technically called bracts.
Right now my garden is full of plants and shrubs in bloom.
The Sunbirds have returned to the Honeysuckle; the Camellia is filling up with large pink blooms; and of course, the Poinsettia is a lovely splash of red in a mostly green world.
Still, it takes some getting used to, after growing up in the North of England, where you had real winters!
Also, most of my Readers live in the Northern hemisphere, where you will have just experienced the Summer Solstice and your longest day. Hopefully you have many more summer days to look forward to!