It occurred to me this morning that it seems a bit arbitrary to measure our journey around our home star on this day, January 1st. A new year. I like to think that every day is the start of a new year, but on the other hand I don't have to worry much about astronomical details in my everyday life. The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah was back in September. The Mayan new year starts in July, the sacred color is blue, and the idea of renewal rules the day. Each culture of the world has their own measurement system for years and seasons- what's yours?
At any rate, most people on Earth note today as being the fist day of the new year of 2011 CE (Common Era). It seems that a commonality with humans and the measurement of time involves how long it takes to circle our star and nearly everyone embraces the idea of renewal, regardless of which cultural or celestial calendar they use.
In that dim blue light of renewal, my first act of the new day of the new year was to make a photograph. I walked out the back door and saw the crescent moon over the hill in our back yard. It was beautiful, and I shot off a number of frames.
It was a beautiful sight and I stood there quietly until my camera started frosting over so I went inside to warm up. Happy new year, and run with the renewal thing. Where's the coffee?