In Madison, we’ve had close to three weeks of sunless sky. Add in the long hours of darkness, and my psyche is really hungry for some sunshine. As a remedy, I decided to post evidence of the star our planet circles, from an earlier and brighter day.
Thankfully, at least the amount of daylight starts to increase tomorrow. Happy solstice everyone.
Last night’s cabin fever induced dream had me bicycling out in the summer sun. With the dream and this week’s return of the polar vortex in mind, I thought I should post a couple of photos from a ride I took on the 400 State Trail last summer.
Oh to be out there now, pedaling with the warm summer sun on my back.
Continue reading Dreaming of summer biking
Madison is in the middle of at least a two day stretch of below zero temperatures. Last night the low was -18 (fahrenheit), and the high today was -11. One of the things I find amazing during brutally cold stretches like this, is the ability of small creatures to survive.
It’s incredible to me that a small bird, like this American Tree Sparrow, manages to stay warm enough to get through these bitter cold days and nights. Another one of nature’s miracles.
The winter solstice is one of my favorite days of the year. Once we get through this longest night, the season of darkness turns the tide, and the sun blesses us with more daylight each day (at least for the next six months).
This artificial light is one of the wall sconces at the Wisconsin Historical Society.
While I do love the change of seasons in Wisconsin, the loss of daylight this time of the year is aspect of the change I dislike the most. I can take the cold, I actually like the snow, but the extended hours of darkness are the worst. The sun goes down about 4:30pm these days — too early for me.
I don’t have an answer, but if these guys figured anything out, I certainly hope they let the rest of us know.
Sure, the snow looks beautiful when it’s freshly fallen.
But after a few weeks, the piles of snow along the driveways and roads start to look pretty ugly.
Continue reading The ugly side of winter
So far, about 12 inches of snow has fallen at my house during today’s blizzard (and it’s still coming down). All the disruptions that occur during a major winter storm can be a real pain (and sometimes dangerous). I must admit, I complain about having to shovel heavy, wet snow. But it really does make things look beautiful. This was the scene as I walked out of my side door this afternoon.
I wish we could have the beauty without all of the aching backs and other nasty things.
Yesterday evening, I biked to Tenney Park to watch the sunset. I hung around a bit after the sun dropped below the horizon, and started to head home.
Two blocks away from the lake shore, I noticed the light show above was still peaking. I got off my bike, and took a few more shots by the lagoon.
Continue reading A lesson in patience
I can finally tell the sun is setting just a little later every day. For me, the darkness of winter is worse than the cold. I’m glad the light is moving in the right direction again.