Our house looks out at the Cariboo Range of Mountains. We see a fairly continuous ridge across from us, broken only by the cleft made by the Dore River Valley that cuts through the Cariboos, allowing the river to drain into the Fraser.
This time of year a good part of our focus is upon the slow daily march toward Spring. One of the markers of that progression for us is when we see the sun begin to set in and west of the Dore River Valley. It has now done that.
At the Winter Solstice, the sun sets behind the mountains, way to the east of the Dore, after the Solstice the sunsets slowly begin to inch their way westward. Now that it is setting at the Dore, sunlight begins to stream into the picture windows we have in the living room, before it sets behind the mountains, something it hasn’t done since way before December. By the summer, it will be setting so far to the northwest that we are not able to see it from our house.
In the photo above, the jagged peaks are located back in the Dore River Valley. The actual cleft in the valley that we mark is the low area obscured by the clouds on the right side of the photo.
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