Photo of the Day: Dec. 21, 2016 – Happy Winter Solstice from Swaney Road

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Note: This photo is part of our “Barns of Old Mission Peninsula” 2017 Calendar, which may be purchased here

Today is the Winter Solstice, which marks the shortest day of the year and also officially kicks off winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Let’s be honest, though. With all the snow we’ve had on the Old Mission Peninsula so far, I think we can all agree that winter, official or not, kicked off several weeks ago.

According to, one of the most famous recognitions of Winter Solstice is at Stonehenge in England. When the sun sets on the shortest day of the year, the sun’s rays align with Stonehenge’s central Altar stone and Slaughter stone, which may have had spiritual significance to the people who built it.

Here on the Old Mission Peninsula, we’ll celebrate it with this photo of Debbie Bee’s horses on Swaney Road. One of those once-in-a-lifetime photos I happened to capture while driving by, one horse looking my way, while another horse is peeking out of the barn door.

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