Sedona Winter Solstice - It is all about the shadows!

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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

 

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

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 of Coffeepot Rock Sedona Soldiers Pass

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.  

 

Winter Solstice from inside

Winter Solsitice Shadows

Rainbow Prism

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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Rainmaker
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel,

For me, I notice the biggest change of shadows comes in late August.  The shadows start getting longer and I can notice it.  It tells me Fall and Winter are not far off. 

Dec 22, 2019 02:14 PM #9
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Barbara Todaro, because we get the sun shining through our wall of windows, my husband has put out prisms and crystals to refract the light into the light spectrum.  It only lasts about an hour before the sun moves up out of range but it does start the day off on a positive note!

Dec 22, 2019 02:18 PM #10
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HI Grant Schneider - Before you know it, the days will feel longer.  I woke up today and it still was pitch black at 6:45 am. In summer, the morning twilight starts at about 4:30 am! We don't change to Daylight Savings so the days starts early!

Dec 22, 2019 02:21 PM #11
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Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Though Fall is my favorite season, I really enjoy what each season offers. I was actually a little disappointed that we did not see a real monsoon this summer. Monsoon brings very exciting and dramatic weather. 

Dec 22, 2019 02:26 PM #12
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Hi Don Baker

We used to take a month off in February and go to Maui. By the time we got back, the trees were budding and some were in early stages of blooming. It makes for a really short winter. I can't do that now because our spring selling season starts in late January so I need to be here. 

Dec 22, 2019 02:30 PM #13
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Hi Lottie Kendall

First of all... HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you are enjoying yourself and making some good memories.  Right now with the sun directly facing into my home, I actually need to wear sunglasses or shield my eyes if I look toward the east. It only lasts about an hour. I don't want to put any shades up because the room would be too dark.  I love all the light. 

Dec 22, 2019 02:33 PM #14
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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I have a hallway in my home, which has a  long beam of sunlight that illumates it an hour or so for several days each year, surrounding winter solstice.  It's my very own Stonehenge!

Dec 22, 2019 02:48 PM #15
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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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CONGRATULATIONS Sheri, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Dec 22, 2019 02:50 PM #16
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Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
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Now that's exciting!  The ancients would have had a ceremony for this change! Great photos!

Dec 22, 2019 04:02 PM #17
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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Interesting to see the different views at the extremes of the sun's path.  Very clever of you to snap these shots. 

Dec 22, 2019 04:37 PM #18
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Sheri loved the Shadows, it reminded me never mind you will laugh the TV show "dark shadows":)) Endre

Dec 22, 2019 09:29 PM #19
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James Dray
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Morning Sheri.

Of course I enjoy seeing all of your photos, but the last one you shared today is great, thanks

Dec 23, 2019 01:34 AM #20
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Brian England
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That is interesting stuff there and I would never think of tracking such a thing, haha.

Dec 23, 2019 05:57 AM #21
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - That is so cool!  Many owners in Sedona have had windows built just to frame a particular view, but now you have me wondering if anyone has taken the 2 solstices in mind. I know that there is a special area in a spa in Enchantment Resort that has a crystal set up in a room and the Summer Solstice beam of light is the only time it is illuminated. Thank you for the feature!

Dec 23, 2019 09:56 AM #22
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA - I actually went to a Native American heritage sight that did petroglyphs using the sun to track their planting calendar. Below is the Summer Solstice but they tracked the entire year. It is V Bar V Ranch Heritage Site.

V Bar V summer solstice

Dec 23, 2019 10:04 AM #23
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089,

Thank you.  I notice the biggest change to the shadows around mid-September.  The shadows start getting longer. 

Dec 23, 2019 10:06 AM #24
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Hi Endre Barath, Jr., Haha! It is funny how our memory works when we see an image. 

Dec 23, 2019 10:08 AM #25
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Hi James Dray - Glad you enjoyed it!

Dec 23, 2019 10:11 AM #26
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
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Hi Brian England

It is a Rick thing!  He has been crazy about science, weather and astronomy for as long as I have known him. I learn from osmosis!

Dec 23, 2019 10:12 AM #27
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Roy Kelley
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I always enjoy your beautiful photographs.

Capture more special images to share in your posts.

Dec 25, 2019 07:53 AM #28
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