Nature Moves Quickly

Three weeks ago, the Little Bison River looked like this:

There are still snowmobile tracks!

And now:

Completely thawed and moving rapidly!

At the moment, we have 18 full hours of daylight, and as a result we are warming quickly (by comparison, Toronto, which is 19° further south, is getting 15 hours). By the solstice in June, we will have 20 hours of daylight with about 4 hours of twilight.

All the plants and animals have to take advantage of this intense period of light and warmth before it again becomes cold.

Happy Sunday and for Canadians, Happy long weekend!

17 thoughts on “Nature Moves Quickly”

    1. When I’m working in Northwest Territories, my base latitude is 62° north, which is subarctic and places us much closer to the top of the world than most people experience. That means very long summer daylight hours and very short winter daylight hours. At my home in Penticton, British Columbia, the latitude is 49°, so the daylight hours are much more standard. Cheers. 🙂

  1. It almost makes you forget the deep of winter, does it not Lynette? Yeah, sleeping in here is difficult enough with over 16 hours of daylight. Happy Sunday. Allan

    1. It’s amazing how quickly we can forget! I have heavy, deep brown drapes with blinds, so my bedroom is reasonably dark and I don’t have much of an issue with sleeping, but heading to bed in full daylight still feels pretty strange!

    1. It’s really extraordinary. By June, the temperatures will begin to soar, as well (and the bugs) since there’s not much darkness to cool off everything. Oh yes, I am enjoying the sun!

  2. This was really interesting. You taught me something new. It got me wondering how many hours of daylight we have here in the Chicago area. So I looked it up. At the moment, we have roughly 14 1/2 hours of daylight, and it will be 15 hours on summer solstice. However, we have complete dark at night. No twilight. Do you get twilight where your other home is as well? Does it mess with your sleep rhythm? My Libran (sun-sign) sense of balance would be completely thrown off up there in the great white north.

    1. My home is at 49° north latitude (so quite a lot further south from where I work – 2000 km. or 1250 miles). At the moment my home, Penticton, is at 16 hours of daylight; this will grow to about 17 at the solstice. It’s completely dark at night because it’s not far enough north.

      To compare, Chicago is at 41° north latitude and Yellowknife (where I work) is 62°. Yellowknife is closer to the top of the world, so it is really affected by the sun’s angle.

      However, I have a friend living in Inuvik where there’s 24 hours of bright sun at the June solstice. I’ve been there for work and black-out drapes are helpful! I don’t normally get too affected because I have very dark drapes with blinds, so my bedroom is dark, and after many years of always dealing with time changes, I think it’s easier for me. I know of people who suffer badly though. They develop a sort of seasonal insomnia that can be very difficult to deal with.
      My dad was a Libra. Cheers. 🙂

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