This week several people I met complained about living in the dark. No, they weren’t new residents, and yes, the sun is still about six hours above the horizon. Yes, we are loosing more than six minutes each day at this time a year. However, all these astronomical facts are not the original cause for the many complaints. Of course. not everybody likes the short days, but people who like living in Alaska do not mind them.
Thus, why are they complaining? On average at this time, we have about 9.2 inches (23.4 cm) of snowfall which means a closed snow cover. But so far we only got 4.2 inches (10.7 cm). Furthermore, there were a couple of Chinooks that melted and sublimated notable amounts of the snow. These weather conditions left the ground dark instead of white. Thus, any vegetation taller than two inches or so (5 cm) still sticks out.
At night, a deep, closed snow cover reflects every bit of light, no matter whether it is from the moon, a car passing by, holiday twinkle lights or the aurora dancing in the sky. On the contrary, the thin snow cover with vegetation sticking out is like dark ground. It does not reflect the bits of random light that exist between sunset and sun rise. People actually miss this bit of reflected light. You can only miss the light when you live in the dark. Tweet this.
I am wearing a red turtleneck cashmere sweater paired with boyfriend jeans. To stay warm I added a black motorcycle leather jacket. I styled this look with pearls. As outerwear I added the red pea coat, wedge sneakers and a beret. Without the leather motorcycle jacket underneath this wool coat would be too cold. However, it will not take much more that this layering will not be enough anymore to stay warm and comfortable.
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Photos: G. Kramm (2014)
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