Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Woke up this morning about 4AM and the birds were chirping. I shuffled to the front window to try to get a compass bearing on Polaris, but there was already lots of light and color along the horizon, officially too early for civil twilight or no.

" Wednesday 25 June 2008 Pacific Daylight Time
Begin civil twilight 4:34 a.m.
Sunrise 5:15 a.m.
Sun transit 1:17 p.m.
Sunset 9:18 p.m.
End civil twilight 9:59 p.m."

I missed the actual solstice day and several following—variously due to sleepiness, clouds, breakdowns in the brain/compass interface, and loss of the scrap of paper on which I wrote the bearing the day before yesterday—but it doesn't change much right around the solstices. Earliest sunrise was several days earlier anyway—as often as I almost grasp it, the geometry gets away from me, but I know I am at 48.12N or so, and I know where the sun crossed the horizon this morning. Pointed the compass at it, decided that was irrelevant, memorized the spot.

Today's sunrise spot (photo taken in the afternoon 10 days ago)
Today's sunrise spot in relation to Mt. Baker (same photo)

Yes, Mount Baker is really there, over the house with the red siding on the right side of the picture. Look for a white ghostly pointy shape. You need industrial strength lenses to get a good picture of it from here.)

Not getting enough sleep. Impossible to think it's sleepingtime as long as the long blue dusks are filling the apartment, well after ten PM before I can bear to close the curtains.

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