Cloudy skies at night

5 Jan
I took Nanuq out for his daily walk last night while Michael put Jade to bed for the last time for at least two weeks (he left for the NWT this morning).  I set out around 7:30 and it was very light outside.  Not as light as it would be in the middle of the summer, but I had no trouble seeing the trails and could see Nanuq the whole time, too.  It was amazing the difference between last night and my walk with him on Wednesday night.  Wednesday night was clear and cold and the stars sparkled in the sky; but I couldn’t see much down on the ground.  In fact, I actually took the wrong trail at one point and ended up going a different route than I had intended.  And Nanuq and the neighbour’s dog, Kodiak, kept getting lost in the shadows.
So what was the difference last night?  Last night, the sky was overcast.
It’s a strange truth that in the middle of winter in Whitehorse, it’s brighter out at night if it’s cloudy than if it’s clear.  The light from the city reflects of the low clouds and off the snow, too, so that the outdoors is lit up to twilight brightness.  I suppose I ought to lament the effects of light pollution, and I admit that a starry sky is much more romantic, but it made my walk last night much easier than Wednesday’s.  I was so giddy from being out with Nanuq in the orange light that I decided to roll down one of the tobogganing hills.  Given my propensity for running into trees, that’s one bit of childishness I definitely wouldn’t have attempted in the inky darkness of perfectly starry night.
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2 Responses to “Cloudy skies at night”

  1. Unknown January 8, 2008 at 8:08 am #

    Hi, I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say hello. I just moved here recently and am a die-hard scrapper too. I brought with me my scrapbooking business which means I teach classes at my studio and am currently planning a once-a-month free drop in crop at Zolas (daytime hours to be announced) and an all-day crop at the High Country Inn in May for National Scrapbooking Day. I\’m trying to  meet other ladies who scrapbook and am (clearly) going to some lengths to do so! LOL I\’d love to invite you to my studio to meet/scrap or to have you (and your scrappin\’ friends) take classes or just hang out in my studio. Visit my blog Lotus Paperie to see more of what I do. There\’s a link to a "classes" page where there\’s more info on some of my upcoming classes. Hope to see you. (PS it\’s relatively kid friendly-we\’re on a farm and I have 2 boys)

  2. Unknown January 8, 2008 at 10:05 am #

    Yup, that was me. Don\’t worry about what kind of scrapper you are…even come out on a Weds night for open crop night or come out to Zolas on the last Monday of the month from 4-6:30 for croppin\’ too! It will be great to meet more scrappers in the area. I\’m super excited! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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