January, the first month after the Winter Solstice, is a time when we enjoy many clear days and nights – times to see farther out into our island-studded seas and sequined skies. It’s also our coldest month, which is one reason for the increased clarity: cold air can’t hold as much obscuring moisture as warm air and, in combination with the increasing (but still low) sunlight, colors are made richer, especially sea blues and greens.


The image above is of our sunset here on Friday (January 11); it was just marginally better than last night’s sunset. (Brooklin, Maine) Go Pats!