The view looking Down East from Goomp's terrace just after sunrise this morning
No two moments of the same landscape ever look quite the same, as Monet delighted in showing us with his haystack series. But the relentless journey of the sun from south to north between the winter and summer solstices and then back again is unchanging. In case you missed our June 21 post last year:
As the Earth travels around the Sun in its orbit, the north-south position of the Sun changes over the course of the year due to the changing orientation of the Earth's tilted rotation axes. The dates of maximum tilt of the Earth's equator correspond to the summer solstice and winter solstice, and the dates of zero tilt to the vernal equinox and autumnal equinox.
When the sun finally popped out from behind the low-lying bank of clouds this morning, it was to the south (right in the photo) of the house on Eastern Point. In about three weeks, on the longest day of the year, it will pop out just north of the house.