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Sedona Winter Solstice – Shadows of the Solstice in Red Rock Country

Sheri Sperry December 22, 2017

Sedona Winter Solstice

Cottages At Coffeepot Winter Solstice

This Sedona image above was taken on the Winter Solstice this morning. Over the years I have watched and compared the shadows created by the sun as it rises in the morning.

Today I took this image of Coffeepot Rock and noticed something different that I didn’t realize before. There are no real shadows on the red rock. The sun is at it’s south-eastern most point today and the shadows are very slight.

The back wall of our home which is glass, is perpendicular to the sun on this date. Starting tomorrow the sun will appear to be moving back to the north. I was pretty sure I had an image of Coffeepot on the Summer Solstice and decided to compare. Below you can see the difference of the shadow on the rock.

Coffeepot Rock on Summer Solstice

In the image above taken in 2013 on the Summer Solstice, you can’t even tell that there is “spout” or beak at the very top because there is no shadow to define it!

See the images below to compare the definition of the rock.

Coffeepot Rock Monsoon

Above (Monsoon)

Coffeepot Rock Cottages at Coffeepot sub-division

Coffeepot Rock 86336

Coffeepot Rock

The image above is a scan of an original picture taken by a relative visiting in 1962. This is a movie set – before homes ever existed in this site. The picture was pirated by a “nostalgia” post card company prior to watermarking!

Every one of these images is of the same red rock formation. I hope you enjoyed them!


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