It's the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere today, which means about 9 hours of daylight in Wellington. Pretty dismal. But the depressing effect of winter is offset by that fact that every day for the next 6 months will move closer to summer. When the Summer Solstice comes I will feel just the opposite. I will be enjoying the long days but will find myself suddenly sad, aware that the best moment has just passed and there is only the dwindling of heat to now look forward to. It's hard to know which emotion is preferable — happiness punctuated by an awareness that it will end, or sadness moderated by the feeling that things can only improve. I suppose regardless of the season, most of life is lived in this way.
But what does this photo of The East Cape have to do with anything? Not very much, except that it was taken late last year when the days were very long and I was already feeling somber about their inevitable end.