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Markus Stocker

Between information technology and environmental science with a flair for economics, the clarinet, and the world of soups and salads.

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As a follow-up to the previous post on the northern seasonal change—and in contrast to the current very short days at thirty below—this post attempts to capture a bit of the midnight sun at 63°N.

The midnight sun is, after all, just around the corner.

The two images were taken at the same spot on June 21 and August 4, 2015, respectively, at roughly 23:15. Sunset on June 21 is at 23:18 and the length of day is 20 hours and 14 minutes. Six weeks later, on August 4 sunset is at 21:54 and the day is three hours shorter. One can tell from the images.

The cold and short days at 63°N arguably have their fascinating aspects, such as the feeble light, the powerless midday sun, the deep frozen landscapes, talven sininen hetki, or their ability to fuel sisu.

Undeniably, year after year the longer summer days bring along their very distinct beauty as well. Probably my favorite is the possibility to stroll, at and past 10 p.m., on a path flooded with pine tree filtered evening sunlight.

I will miss all of this.