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Yukon sunset

25 Jun

I’m probably the only one in the world who doesn’t much like the summer solstice, also known as the first day of summer.  It’s just that I find it a bit depressing that once we pass the longest day of the day, we’re on a slow descent into darkness again.  Not that I mind winter, but somehow I can’t shake the feeling that it’s more like the last day of summer if the days are starting to get shorter.

By the same token, I’m always excited at the winter equinox when we pass the shortest day of the year.  I don’t know if this makes me an optimist or a pessimist…

Anyway, getting shorter or not, we have fabulously long days now; in fact, it never really gets dark.  It’s 11:36 p.m. and the sun is just going down, and the view from my desk is fabulous.  The picture I took doesn’t fully capture the amazing glow of the sky behind the trees, nor the one tendril of cloud that highlights a column of light up to the denser ceiling above… but it’s still pretty cool.  I’m trying to savour this view now (despite the power lines, which the neighbourhood is talking about burying) because soon a two-floor shed/greenhouse will be built back here.  Perhaps I might still get to see sunsets like this through the glass of the greenhouse.

Enjoy!

Summer sunset in the Yukon