Yesterday around 5 p.m. in Pennsylvania, I watched the a super sun (the larger than usual orange ball) sink into the horizon, which was fringed with the lacework of bare treetops. Alas, it was time to leave the dog park before darkness descended. I thought about how short the day was, and that we are approaching the shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, December 21.
For my daughter, who is has been living in New Zealand for the past year, the opposite is true. December 21 marks the longest day of the year. Last December, I visited Erin in New Zealand and enjoyed those long days and late sunsets. In Milford Sound, watching the sunset means watching the clouds and snowcapped mountains reflect the setting sun. Waiting alone at the water’s edge with my camera and tripod until 10p.m., I was rewarded with my first ever glimpse of alpenglow.