While I was out for my early afternoon walk, I came across a local dog who scored a piece of whale meat. He was one happy dog.
The SUN! After 63 or so long days without it, it’s back to stay for a while. Today was the first day it was visible above the horizon in Barrow after yesterday was cloudy. Thankfully today was beautiful and clear, if frigidly cold. I wasn’t the only person who bothered to drive down Fresh Water Lake Rd. to gawk at the beautiful rays beaming at us.
Or as I like to think of it… it’s all uphill from here! This is my across the street neighbor’s yard. Every year he builds an awesome igloo and decorates it for Christmas. The Christmas decorations change every year, but the igloo stays awesome. This photo was taken between 1pm and 2pm so this is about as bright as it got today.
On the 18th the sun went down for the last time until it comes back up again on January 24, but that doesn’t mean that it is completely dark all the time. We still get some lovely colors in the late morning and early afternoon. This was the first pretty day (if a little blustery) after the final set of the sun so I went out to the edge of Freshwater Lake Road to watch the snow blowing across the tundra.
Back to life in the Arctic. I find sea ice fascinating. I went for a walk this week to see how it was coming along. I found the water covered, but it was still just sheets of pancakes slowly moving by. I sat there listening to the sound of the ice as it moved with the current.
With the return of the sun, it seems like life is starting to wake up again in the arctic. Maybe this is just my perception after holing up in the house during the two months of darkness, but people are out hunting and (to me) anyway it seems that spirits have lifted as each day brings more light and with it beautiful colors. It’s almost like the new year in the arctic should begin on the first day the sun comes up. We’ve also been blessed with some warm weather, which has made getting outside and enjoying it that much …