In a vain attempt to put off the earlier and earlier setting of the sun, I am posting some images of the sun setting in the hopes that just seeing the sun set will help us realize just how frustrating the sun set is and push back darkness just a bit longer.
The photo above was taken in late September of last year on the east beach of Nome. That's Sledge Island on the right.
The photo on the right was taken in Gambell last December. It's about 3:30 in the afternoon.
We are crossing some important psychological barriers lately with our sunrises and sunsets. The sun is now rising after 7am, which means I'll soon have to struggle through darkness when I wake up. The sun is about to start setting before 11pm, which actually might work out as it will help me go to bed a bit earlier. In the past few weeks, I've been staying up very late, to enjoy every last moment of daylight. Finally, we're about to go below 16 hours a day of daylight. 8 full hours of darkness! The tragedy of it all!