I shot this video today at an overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway, above “The Orchards at Altapass”, south of Spruce Pine, North Carolina.
(Website for the Orchard at Altapass – check out it’s amazing history:￼ https://altapassorchard.org/)
It carries my wish for a happy solstice – happy return of the sun – for Spruce Pine, the Appalachian Mountains, America, and planet Earth.
Watch how dramatically darkness falls in the mountains during the 30 minutes I was taping this video.
Videos #2 & 3: sunrise on the solstice 2020, deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Happy sunrise, happy solstice – the return of the sun, shining his face brightly on us. The sun – which the Native Americans wisely worshiped – bringing us light and hope and warmth, in the middle of a still-raging pandemic.
There seems now to be no way to avoid this being in many ways a terrible year for the humans of planet earth.
But could it somehow paradoxically also be the start of something new and positive and powerful for all of us?
Altapass solstice #1 – 8 minutes
Altapass solstice #2 – 39″