Saturday, June 26, 2010

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice, also the first day of summer, is the longest day of the year for those of us in the northern hemisphere. After all my complaining about darkness last winter around the Winter Solstice (the shortest day of the year), I am enjoying the light of Scotland's summer days.

On June 21, we enjoyed the longest day of the summer from sunrise to sunset.
Sunrise: 4:12 am
Sunset: 22:08 (10:08 pm)

Yes, the sun was up four minutes shy of 18 hours, not including the light at dawn and dusk. I was actually up with Abigail at 3am and it was already light out. I have heard (but not taken the time to observe) that it never gets entirely dark for few weeks before and after the solstice. The summer light definitely makes up for the winter darkness. I'm just thankful that it is not a one-to-one trade off; at its shortest this winter, the sun was still up for almost a full eight hours.

At 10:30pm, as I start to get ready for bed, I glance out the front window hoping for a break in the clouds so I can enjoy the beautiful colors of the sunset. Happy Summer!

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