Saturday, December 18, 2010
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.