Things of Winter Beauty and Wonder: Advent Day Ten

Winter sunshine

The rare days in winter when the sun shines are a blessing, bringing better mood and a sense of brightness. Winter sunshine is gentle, without any real heat and feels somehow purer; I’m wary of being out in the sun at other times of the year, for I burn very quickly. But a sunny day in winter is a joy. We’ve had a mild but wet winter so far, and some parts of the UK are flooded badly. So having a few dry days of sunshine are very welcome.

There’s also something special about the way the sunlight catches on the leaves and needles of evergreen plants and trees, and a holly tree in midwinter can be almost too shiny to look at when the sun is out.

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