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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Kodiak Sunset

I took this picture at just about 4PM Friday evening. The days are just about as short as they are going to get. We are down to 6 1/2 hours of daylight. But the light does linger for quite a while after the sun goes down. Today I went for a hike in Abercrombie after sunset and it was still pretty light out at 5:15. And this morning when I climbed a mountain before dawn (I was on the Audubon Christmas bird count ptarmigan SWAT team - more on this in another post) it was light out for a good two hours before I finally saw the sun.

My point is that while we may only get 6 1/2 hours of true daylight - we really get about 9 hours of 'civil daylight'. Not a bad deal considering it seems like we get 24 hours of daylight in the summer. As I see it, we come out ahead on the whole sunlight deal.


Molly said...

I agree that Alaska comes out ahead in the daylight deal. I know we get more daylight here in the winter, but it's still dark when I get up in the morning and dark when I leave school. It really doesn't feel much different than Kodiak. It gets dark here at 9pm in the summer though. Luckily I usually spend the summers in Alaska!

Marnie said...

Well apparently I miss all "9" hours.