Winter solstice is a little over a week away, marking an end to the loss of daylight and the beginning of our steady march towards infinite daylight. We as Alaskans look forward to this tipping point. When it is all said and done we will see the sun rise at a little after 10AM and set a little before 4PM.
A winter hard fought has its rewards. Eventually winter will make way to break-up and then to summer. At summer’s peak the sun will officially rise a little after 4AM and dip down below the horizon at midnight. The sun may disappear but it never really gets dark. Not in the “Land of the Midnight Sun”.
I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, still plenty of winter left. Like all Alaskans know, winter doesn’t give up easily. But with the New Year approaching fast, it won’t be long until I am standing once again at the rivers edge, staring into the emerald green water rushing by. The winter has a way of numbing your senses. Then hopefully a tap and a tug will help bring everything back into laser sharp focus.
Photo by J. Kim