This morning was not quite this garish; softer and more delicate really, to my eye. The Sun is just barely, not even visibly, advancing northward from his extreme position, just as last year. Another swing around the Sun.
All the days of this year have been glorious thus far, with clear skies day and night, a waxing Moon, Venus in the evening, and Jupiter (still working his way across the southern sky) now high at prime viewing times. At dusk, Orion will be charging up from behind the hogback barrier above, as the Winter Hexagon hangs above and around him.