A wall, art(?), and a bike a few days before the winter solstice

I work in an old two-story building in downtown Salem. Across the street to the south is the grocery store. Here’s my bike parked by the wall of the grocery store, shortly after 9:00am(CST) on December 16, 2018.

The reflections on the grocery store wall are from the low mid-morning sun reflecting off the second-story windows on the south side of the building I work in. Here’s the building I work in (I took this picture standing at the back of my bike as seen in the picture above).

I noticed this ephemeral art (graffiti?) a few years ago. I haven’t kept track of when it occurs or for how long. I pretty sure it only occurs for a few weeks either side of the winter solstice. (See the Analemma in Rich-Illinois’s “Solstice Challenge (Updated)” post.) My little office is on the second floor of the building but on the north side (no windows). If I had a desk where I could look out a south window, I would probably have kept track of days and times when the reflections occur, just for the heck of it.

Update: I’m still riding my bike(s) in and around Salem. I’ve just been too lazy to take pictures and post. I started the Coffeeneuring Challenge, but, I was just redoing what I did a few years ago (see below). When I sat down to figure out if I could find seven places in Salem where I could purchase a cup of coffee (hot chocolate, I’m not a coffee drinker) knowing that one such place closed earlier this fall, I was able to come up with 8, but I could do all 8 in one ride that would be just over 2 miles long. Oh well.

I’m still following along with all your adventures/rides here on Cycle 365, vicarious vacations for me.

3 response to "A wall, art(?), and a bike a few days before the winter solstice"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 31, 2018

    Hi Greg! Good to see you!
    You are probably right about the sun angle and reflections, pretty cool stuff.
    Ill bet I speak for many when I say, we cannot get enough of Salem SD and surrounding area — thats one cool town!
    Never have done coffeeneuring, but Id be hard pressed to find 7 places here! There might be, I guess???
    Happy 2019 and continued cycling!!

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: January 1, 2019

    Those are some very interesting reflections and I see they are also on that slick-looking street. Hope 2019 is a great year for you and winter allows you some cycling time between cold fronts.

  3. By: Bikerdockeith Posted: January 1, 2019

    That ice puts the” stud” in “tire”. Happy new year, and don’t let more time slide by!

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