This view from my deck one day last week was worth celebrating. Worth photographing, worth taking a walk around the neighborhood, all of which I did. Ordinarily in winter the view from my deck at that time looks like this:
Yup, washed with gray like someone dredged my camera in sludge. That’s the natural light, or lack of it, no dinkering with the exposure there. This winter has been gloomier than ordinary. Lots of fog and low-hanging clouds and measurable rain on every day of December save four. On the 28th Puget Sound weather expert Cliff Mass called it “one of the most dismal periods of incessant clouds and rain in a long time.”
So the sun on January 2nd and 3rd was worth celebrating. But I hadn’t waited for it. No, I’d asked my husband to dig our light therapy box for SAD out of the corner of the garage. I hadn’t needed it for over a decade, since our new house has more light than our old one. But this winter was just too dark.
Since then I’ve been basking in a 10,000 lux glow every day at breakfast, whenever that may occur (pretty darned late on New Year’s Day). Love that thing, don’t want to break away from it, sometimes I set it near my work space later on in the day, too.
Just for jollies, here’s the sunrise and sunset schedule for Seattle, WA for December and January. It’s not Oslo, but still, I wait for those minutes of daylight to add up one by one in January until we hit that 5:00 sunset somewhere near the end of the month. Then I know it’s going to be OK.