Sunday, November 3, 2013

Snart mørketid :: Polar nights are coming

The last rays this year

Sola er veldig lav nå og snart forsvinner den helt og mørketida setter inn her i nord.
Tenk deg netter som varer i 20 timer, og å ikke se sola på mange uker. I store deler av Nord-Norge er det virkeligheten om vinteren.  Her hos oss er den borte i ca. 6 uker. Selv om sola er under horisonten, blir det ikke helt mørkt i Nord-Norge. På klare dager ser vi flotte solnedgangs farger i sør, mens nordhimmelen er mørkeblå. I ett-totida på ettermiddagen reflekteres det lille gjenværende lyset av blått hav og hvit snø, og landskapet bades i en glassaktig, dypblå farge. Blålyset er med oss så lenge det er snø på bakken og skumring, men forflytter seg utover ettermiddagen ettersom dagene blir lengre. Er ikke rart at mange nordpå syns det er den vakreste tida i året, med fantastiske himler og magisk lys.

Her og her er noen bilder fra det flotte lyset i desmber i fjor.
Forhåpentligvis får vi mange slike fine dager fremover.

The sun is very low now and soon we will start our polar nights here in the north. If you don't know what polar nights are like - Imagine nights that last 20 hours, and weeks without seeing the sun. That is real life in large areas of Northern Norway. Here the sun remains under the horizon for about 6 weeks.
Even though the sun remains below the horizon, Northern Norway is not blacked out completely. On clear days, we can see beautiful sunset colours in the south while the sky to the north is a deep midnight blue. Around 1–2 o’clock in the afternoon, the residual light is reflected off the blue sea and the white snow, and the landscape is bathed in a glassy deep blue colour. This wonderful blue stays with us as long as the snow covers the ground and there is twilight. However, the blue hour occurs a few minutes later every day during winter, as the sun gains strenght.
That's why many people who live in the north think that this is the finest time of the year, with fantastic skyscapes and magical lights.

Here and here are some photos of the great light we had in december last year.
Hopefully I'll be able to capture some great ones in the weeks to come.

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Mend vi nøt solas siste stråler dette året varmet vi oss rundt bålet med te og kakao :)

So while we enjoyed the last bit of sun this year we kept warm around the fire and had tea and cocoa :)

1 comment:

  1. we are still waiting for winter here. strange year. seems darker without the snow. we get down to 5 hours of light in anchorage so sounds like you are much further north than we are. love your posts and how active your family is outdoors!!

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