Sedona Winter Solstice
It is all about the shadows!
On the Winter Solstice, the sun rises at the most eastern part of its journey along the horizon. During the Summer Solstice, the sun will rise on the most north-eastern part of the horizon. Each extreme will showcase the shadow that the sun creates.
Coffeepot Rock is the perfect example to document. It sits approximately 300º west-northwest in directly in front of my house. **The sun rises in the east at approximately 120º east-southeast on the Winter Solstice, which is the exact opposite of 300º. So the shadows show where the sun is on the horizon, each and every day it rises. Because Sedona gets around 300 days of sunshine, this can be documented a little more easily.
Thunder Mountain sits directly behind Coffeepot Rock in these pictures. It sits perpendicular with the sun during the Summer Solstice (image below) so there are no shadows. During the Winter Solstice, you can see the shadows above.
The top image is from the Winter Solstice 2019 and the image below is from the Summer Solstice of 2019.
2019 Summer Solstice (above)
The shadows of each image really cast a different light on Coffeepot Rock. The very top image is shot with the sun directly behind the camera lens. In the image above, the camera faces 300º but the angle of the sun is way off to the right at its northernmost point (approx. 60º) for the summer solstice.
Winter Solstice Shadows From Inside
In the two images below, you can see the direct parallel of the shadow of the sun to the footprint of the house. The tile floor is laid at that 300º/120º angle. How do I know that? Because of the shadow of the sun on the shutter frame which parallels each tile.
Just A Coincidence?
More than likely, but because the back of the house is perpendicular to the Winter Solstice position of the sun, it is easier to track back to the north. My husband has placed a prism right where the sun is positioned in the picture below to track the light as it moves to a different position each day. See the last pic below.
As the sun moves from the northeast to the southeast and vice-versa, the prism casts a rainbow that moves with the sun. Each side of the room will see a rainbow whenever the sun is out during the early morning hours.
** The equator is the only place where the sun will rise in the east and set directly in the west. Each degree (north or south) from the equator will change the position or angle that the sun rises and sets.
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