Monday, December 21, 2015

Winter - Again

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Seattle Solstice is Monday, at 2049 hours (8:49 PM PST)
Go to and plug in your own city for your solstice information.

Here we go again ...

Celebrating the Season with one of our old cards ...

We've featured this old card before and still think it's the best for starting Winter. Copyright 1906 by O. Benedict, Chicago. Benedict did one of these cards for each of the seasons.

A few December skies ...

December 14th
Looking across Puget Sound

December 13th

December 9th, Late Afternoon
This was one of those "grab the camera" moments.

The drought in Seattle and Western Washington is officially over!

Screen Shot from Deptartment of Ecology

Fresh snow on the Olympic Mountains ...

The photo above was taken on the morning of December 16th. There were dark clouds above us in Seattle but way over to the west the Olympic Mountains were in full sunshine.  Those mountains, about 50 miles distant, were almost clear of snow at the end of summer.

Let us be the first to wish you a fine Winter! Thanks for stopping by John's Island.


  1. Beautiful cards and lovely sky images. It is nice to see the snow on the mountains. Lovely post.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  2. Let me be the first to wish back to you a fine Winter season! I love that picture of the Olympics. Just simply beautiful, John. Tomorrow is really the first day of Winter, since it's quite late that the solstice happens. :-)

  3. YAY! We'll soon have longer daylight hours! Merry Christmas, John!

  4. Superb, beautiful captures, John, as always!! We have had SO much rain -- day after day for over a week now and still more on the way!!! It may not be a white Christmas, but it will surely be a wet one!!! Wishing you and your family a beautiful and very Merry Christmas!! Enjoy!!

  5. The solstice is welcome but as you say it's the beginning of winter. You do manage to get some good sky shots.

  6. ohhhhhhhhhhhhh I love your sky shots

    I'm glad your drought is over :)

  7. Lovely skies! And today is the winter solstice so we're going towards lighter times!

  8. Glad the drought is over! The mountains are beautiful with their snow-cover. You captured some gorgeous photos of the sky; I enjoyed seeing them--and the cards! The sledding card is pretty fun! We have a very long, steep hill at a park near us called Sac and Fox Overlook that we occasionally visit to sled at some winters. Once you get started, you can go very fast--and far. It's thrilling, almost scary sometimes...and there's a lake a bit ahead if you go too far and don't turn with the trail (but it's far enough away not to really be dangerous--just a reminder to turn!). Have a great winter!

  9. A perfect post card for the start of Winter. : )
    You had some beautiful skies in December.

  10. I love your beautiful cards and the nice mountain photos. Gorgeous!

  11. The skies and the mountains are both spectacular.I love the sky shot with the sun beams showing so well.Gorgeous.

  12. Beautiful scenes there. Here its been dark and gloomy for days though the solstice today brings hope for the future...:)

  13. Hello John. First, many thanks for your comments on my blog & for following, much appreciated!
    I am envious of your location, with those glorious peaks & Puget Sound on your doorstep, not to mention Seattle itself!
    Wonderful sky shots, glad the camera was within easy reach!

  14. The December skies is magnificent.
    Happy Christmas!

  15. The image of the fresh snow on the Olympic Mountains is really spectacular! All very nice pictures, John, a great post indeed.
    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

  16. I like your winter post card, it's summer at our place but the temps are all over the place. We're hoping for fine weather on the 25th as the family all gather at my youngest daughter's home. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.



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