Sunday, December 10, 2017

DULL DAYS IN DECEMBER

    The last few days the dullness and short days of December have become very noticeable.  It can be clear but it's dull with long shadows. The sun is low in the sky so looking south the sun shines directly in your eyes.

    We are fortunate that we are in the middle of a long mild spell ( Highs 6 C ( 44 F)( Lows minus 5 C( 22 F) )or this could be a very cold time with little sunlight. The sun rose this morning at 8:35 and set this afternoon at 4:22 so we get about seven hours and 47 minutes of sunlight.

     This was taken about 9:30 AM so the sun is still low on the horizon.






      Sometimes when you look at a photo you see something different than when you were shooting. So I noticed the grayness and brown vegetation and dark trees.  I caught the old abandoned water tower peaking through the trees. It is about 2 km from me.

32 comments:

  1. The days still look quite nice where you live. The one thing I remember liking about the north country is despite the winter and snow, one usually gets beautiful sun during the day.

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    1. I live between Calgary and Edmonton. My time in the far north was a long time ago.

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    2. I'm familiar with where you live but your post brought back memories of my time in the north (Peace River country).

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  2. This makes the seasons change look wonderful. I love the changes.

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    1. there is something to be said about benefits of changing seasons.

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  3. Nie photos of the surroundings. All very snowfree I see. Here winter has arrived with a blizzard.

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    1. The snow free is deceiving. What you're seeing are reeds in a marsh and deep grass. the snow is at the bottom of the vegetation.

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  4. I was just saying yesterday that I don't mind the darkness on a warm summer night but when it's cold out, all I want to do is hunker down inside once darkness falls..

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    1. My favorite time to walk is at night. However, it's too icy to walk safely at night.

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  5. Nice shots! This time of year our surroundings lack pops of colour. But winter has its own beauty. Our mild spell just broke and today it's really cold out.

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    1. I'm sure our turn is coming for some nasty weather.

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  6. We're having dark days here too. Definitely hibernation weather!

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    1. I find that I have to get out or I end up a shut in.

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  7. snow still holding on, none here at all

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    1. This snow will stay until next spring.

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  8. Much like our weather here. A brief recent snow is departing and weather is in the 40'sC

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    1. Our temp goes up but we need more sunlight to melt any snow.

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  9. Terrific shots! It shows how much further north you are- we're getting about an hour's extra light.

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  10. We've almost made it to the shortest day of the year already. We've been having rain so it's been so dark and gloomy but the sun came back yesterday and it makes such a difference in how I feel about everything!

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    1. Yes, soon things will start turning around.

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  11. I imagine those cloud-free skies make for cold weather.

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  12. We are getting about an hour more of daylight than you but it still seems to be dark too much of the time! Only another 10 days or so to go before we start gaining once more.

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    1. An hour more sunlight doesn't make much difference at this time of year.

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  13. We are at about 7:50 am and 4:20 pm on our sunrise and sunset, officially. Here too, the sun is very low in the sky. But we are not far from the solstice, and then daylight will begin slowly to get longer.

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  14. It's summer here, of course...and, fortunately, so far it hasn't been too hot. I hope the status quo remains throughout the season. We experienced a lovely cool November...our last month of spring.

    Terrific photos, Red. :)

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  15. Same here. Today the sun comes up at 7:54 and goes down at 4:13. Very short days indeed. We are also in a mild time but the sun seems to go down almost as soon as it rises! :-)

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  16. When we lived in Phoenix a few years ago our next door neighbors were from Edmonton and only were in Arizona a few times a year yet kept a very nice house there. He is a fire captain so I guess he makes pretty good money.

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  17. Hi Red, I like this post about the dull days of December. I had to go check my rise & set chart for December 10 to see how Seattle compares to Red Deer. Our sunrise on that day was 7:47 am and set at 4:18 pm. I guess this is the price we pay for living at places so far north. Down near the equator the days are about the same length all year. I like those photos you took, especially the one with the water tower in there. Well, December 21 will be winter solstice and we can look forward to longer days after that. Thanks for another neat post.

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  18. Well yes but there is always the solstice to look forward to as John mentioned. Or we could be in Fairbanks where I asked a trucker to discuss the customs there and he replied they party a lot all summer and sleep a lot in the winter...:)

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  19. I guess leaving a waterpower behind is better than paying someone to take it down. Metal got to be so pricey that people were begging to get free metal. I keep taking photos with things in the background, like aspirin bottles or Gorilla Glue bottle. I crop when I can but sometimes I just have to toss it.

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