Winter Solstice

Today is the winter solstice which marks the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.  I went down the lane to Thornton Reservoir this evening to take a few images as the sun went down on the shortest day of the year.
The winter solstice is a pagan festival which has been celebrated for thousands of years, long before the arrival of Christianity. The Romans celebrated it as the feast of Saturnalia, the Greeks as the birth of Zeus and the ancient Druids celebrated it as the rebirth of the sun as the days gradually lengthen.

Io Saturnalia, Happy Yule!