Note to self

Precious Moments

There were just 6 hours and 35 minutes of daylight left today.

A break in the weather provided a glimpse into the mountains, wearing their winter coat.

Not for long. The cold wind starts creeping through my layers of clothes.

My fingers go numb.

The next storm and night are approaching, back to my warm shelter.

November has been unseasonably mild in SE-Alaska, but now winter seems to get a hold of us. Temperatures plummeting  into the single digits and high winds have replaced weeks of sun and rain and balmy temperatures. Snow has come and gone three times, frozen waterfalls have formed and melted away. That’s Nature’s way. Season’s change and it takes (me) time getting used to it.

Tomorrow there will be 6 hours and 30 minutes of daylight.

Plenty of time for precious moments.




15 thoughts on “Precious Moments

  1. Beautiful image….. how strange it must be to have such short days.

    (and dare I suggest another good book “The Impossible Rescue” – The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure by Martin W. Sandler. Well written, easy to read and a thrilling story that I can barely put down. Only 140 pages all up and I’m half way through).

  2. Gorgeous image! We’ve seen the mountain (Denali) in all his snow draped splendor most days across the last week or two thanks to clear skies which also mean no precipitation – and we are dreadfully dry – and cool temps. This (Monday, 12/05) morning it is clear and -14.8° F at 05:40; we never managed to to make 3.5° F yesterday and it may well remain as cold or even colder across the next few days. Winter has indeed arrived..!

  3. Wow. Five minutes difference each day. Crazy! We’re at a little less than 2 minutes of daylight lost each day at the 47th parallel. That’s a big enough difference to really notice it every day. Thanks for sharing…

  4. We’re going to have 9 hours and 49 minutes down here today, but I only care about photographing in the first and last 2. Of course, up there the sun is at a lower angle all day, and you have those incredible mountains to photograph. Very nice image!

  5. I feel a bit of irony or tension in your Alaska winter landscapes. On one hand, the high mountains are inhabitable, frozen and desolate. On the other, they are also hauntingly beautiful. Bet you hear that often. (o;

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