Monday, June 8, 2009

Summer Solstice

Days are getting quite long. Sunrise tomorrow will be at 5:12 am and sunset at 11:07 pm. Every day we gain about 4 minutes. With the twilight we will get to see light beyond midnight during the Summer Solstice, around June 21st. Here are pictures I took recently. They are quite similar to photos I took in December at 9 am and 4:45 pm when we had 6 1/2 hours of sunlight.

For what its worth, I've noticed that the sun rises about 20 degrees more to the south during the winter than in the summer. (That is my estimate, not something I have seen published) This is where it really counts to place your windows with more of a southern exposure to capture the winter sun. I don't know why they make a big deal about the southern exposure in New Mexico and Colorado. You get the winter sun all the time anywhere by comparison.

To celebrate summer we bought a watermelon recently. Unfortunately, it was overly ripe from the long trip it made from Mexico to us. So, enjoy your southern fruits and vegetables. We will soon be enjoying our wild blueberries, salmonberries (more like raspberries, but not as tart), and making rhubarb pies. That will be a nice finish to a freshly caught salmon dinner!

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