Hey June…Here I am, sitting in my living room at 7:50 PM on Friday, June 2nd…and the daylight is pouring through my big bay window. It won’t get dark here until the wee small hours of the morning, and even then it’s more like a half-dark, dusky thing than it is night darkness. I live in Anchorage, Alaska. Summer is when the God’s creation – Alaska – is in her full flower of glory. The daylight starts increasing on December 21 (or whatever date the winter solstice is in any given year). This article in the Anchorage Daily News explains the winter solstice better than I could: https://www.adn.com/weather/article/winter-solstice-brings-daylight-increases-back-alaska/2015/12/21/.
The winter solstice is, for Alaskans, our chance to flip Old Man Winter the bird…take THAT you old, cold hobgoblin! Take your Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and shove it…but the true impact of the increasing daylight reaches its zenith on the Summer Solstice, which is exactly six months from the winter solstice – on June 21. You’ll note that Summer Solstice is written as a Title…the reason for this is simply that summer – which for Alaskans is roughly 90 days long – is intense. Here’s another Anchorage Daily News article – this time about Summer Solstice: https://www.adn.com/weather/article/winter-solstice-brings-daylight-increases-back-alaska/2015/12/21/. Enjoy the photos and videos featured…but to truly understand the impact that Summer Solstice has, you really have to come up here and experience it for yourself.
As the days lengthen, I notice that I have ever-increasing energy, and when normal bedtime rolls around (which for us is around 10 PM-ish), I often don’t feel at all sleepy. When I was growing up on the homestead, we would find ourselves working away and suddenly realize that we were starving – then realize that it was 10 PM! We had worked right through suppertime. This happens often in summer. I have a hard time settling down in the evening, because I really don’t feel sleepy…this summer I have found myself wide awake at 4 AM…often…which plays merry hell when you have a morning appointment! You can tell nubes (new Alaska residents) by the aluminum foil with which they line their windows in summer to block out all that pesky daylight…old-timers like myself just roll with it…and sometimes don’t sleep at all. My husband Paul is only person I know who can fall asleep anytime, anywhere…. it doesn’t matter what time of the year it is or how much daylight we have. I envy that ability…because it is alien to me. My circadian rhythm is deeply affected by the time of year…so when summer rolls around, I feel great…and winter? Don’t ask.
Thank God for summer in Alaska…hey June, I love ya…and I will leave you with a short video of my front yard at 8:15 PM…and a photo. Enjoy your summer.
Anchorage, 2 June 2017, around 8:15 PM
This is why I live here…because summer is richer and more beautiful here than anywhere else in the world…
This has been a Finish the Sentence Friday post, hosted by the ever-amazing Kristi Rieger Campbell of Finding Ninee. (Kristi’s blog is at http://www.findingninee.com) This week’s prompt is “Hey, June…”