The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory.
I took this photo in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. I'm now back home where the mornings are frost covered and the nights chilly. I feel warm and happy when I look at this photo, remembering the beauty of the moment and how I felt there. I hope this coming year makes you feel as uplifted and peaceful as I felt sitting on this beach.