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Here in the subarctic north, our daylight hours are now at their zenith. For my local area, that means that sunset is at 11:38 p.m. and sunrise is at 3:39 a.m. That’s four hours of “darkness,” sort of. The dark we get is actually quite twilight-ish. I have spent time further north where there’s no darkness at all, but as I get older I find myself more sensitive to that.

From now on, our daylight hours will become shorter and shorter until we reach the December 21 solstice, when the sun will rise at 10:07 a.m. and set at 3:04 p.m.

We are very much governed by light. The fading of light, the darkness, can cause us to hunker down, to contract in on ourselves as we protect ourselves from the perceived dangers inherent in the darkness.

But the same is true of too much light; it’s just in the obverse. Light-induced insomnia that leads to a loss of mental acuity and a sort of stunned passivity is equally as dangerous. We can all recognise when someone is suffering from spring and/or summer insomnia. The dazed, stupefied stare is enough.


But darkness gets a very bad rap. It represents danger, evil, and malevolence while light represents purity, freedom, and clarity.

They both have their drawbacks and delights. The winter solstice means that there are great winter celebrations and gatherings and invigorating coolness while the light means that there’s warmth and green plants and lovely sun-soaking.

I think that people are the same. We have both dark and light, and neither is completely good or bad. They act in a complex tandem interplay, creating velvety shadows or glaring light. One without the other?

Then there’s no beauty. We need them together in their symbiotic interdependence.

Marvellous Monday Favourite Photos

Judy Dykstra-Brown has invited interested bloggers to post their favourite photo. I have many, many favourites, not just one, so I’m going post a couple.

Sunrise in Northern Alberta
Moonrise in Dominican Republic

If you would like to post a favourite photo, please link to Judy’s post.


Have a good week everyone. 🙂

2020 Photographic Review, Part 1

In spite of the fact that 2020 wasn’t much liked, I was able to take a few decent photos. Some were more popular than others, and here are some of those, again. I didn’t necessarily take these photos in this order or during those months; they just match better. 🙂

Here are the first six of your 2020 favourites.


Into the light.


University of Toronto heritage building.


Toronto’s CN Tower and a super-moon.


How can you not adore me?


Apart together.


Orchid glory.

Happy Monday; happy week. 🙂

Some Favourite Landscapes

Getting out right now …

near Red Earth, Northern Alberta

… isn’t much of an option, so here are some of my favourite views.

Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

The warmth and soft air of Dominican Republic,

Tofino, British Columbia

and the tang of Tofino’s salty Pacific song are remembrances of lovely past travels.

Great Slave Lake, Northwest Territories

And right next to where I work, a tranquil autumn view of Great Slave Lake.

Penticton, British Columbia

Home. ❤️

Happy week. May good memories sustain you and keep you.