It might be, that here on the 49th parallel the most dramatic change season to season is not the change in temperature (although that is doubtlessly also dramatic), but the change in light.  The sun sets earlier and earlier this time of year, until, mid december, when it sets at 4:30 in the afternoon and doesn’t show itself again till 8:30 the next morning.  

“What we call night, is the time we spend facing secret reaches of space.  Turned away from our sun we see the dawning of far-flung galaxies.  We are no longer sun-blind to the star-coated universe we inhabit.”  -diane ackerman

       A night sky tells you more clearly where and when you are.  You can use the stars as a compass or the height of the moon as a clock.  Even in this city, the brightest and closest stars are visible.  Thom remembers, like maybe every kid does, lying on his back in his snow suit, blanketed and so warmed by snow, just staring staring staring.  I think we should count ourselves lucky, then, that for part of the year we get more night than most of the planet.   We are closer to its secrets and our imaginations can roam more freely.  And for more hours in each day we can simply look up if we get lost.   


-this journal
-happy belated to the best of the best: 1965 // 2009
a sweet memory of ours, from march (we are by no means film makers - just playing with our phone)

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  1. loved that little video. so sweet.

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    1. kylie, from a filmmaker like you that compliment means even more! xo

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  2. i love that shift of light in canada, summer days so long it's hard to sleep and winter days so short all you want to do is sleep. in australia it's much less pronounced, we never do get those 10 pm summer sunsets. oh canada.

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  3. Sometimes I like that we get more night. It's nice, in a way.
    Also, that little video. The sweetest.

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  4. Sometimes I think I should invest in a full snowsuit like I had when I was little; it would help me to have the courage to lay down in the snow for awhile and just look up, which I remember doing and loving so much growing up in Wisconsin.

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  5. This is beautiful. You word things like a poet and that is a great inspiration to me.

    I think that this is the most magical thing about the changing of the season's: the way you almost don't think about it but how suddenly you find yourself thinking differently because of your environment.

    xxxxx

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  6. "we can just look up if we get lost" -- so beautiful

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  7. What a lovely way to look at the season that is coming. The cosmic mysteries are truly captivating, and they lay there, right in front of our eyes when we look at the stars.

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  8. this is really really beautiful, nikaela. I love the way you put into perspective the coming season and hours of darkness. also, I cannot stop watching that video. so much wonderful. may I ask which song you used? it's gorgeous.

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    1. Carlotta, thank you! you are so kind. Yes, of course I should have put what music i used in the vimeo caption: It is from the soundtrack to the film "Beasts of the Southern Wild" I think most of the soundtrack is by Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, who are amazing. The song is called "Particles of the Universe."

      :) happy weekend.

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  9. i do love that front door, the windows are so lovely! And thom's knit sweater. :-)
    Happy to read your contentment in the darkening season. I do confess that as our season of gloriously warm and sunny weather approaches i am somewhat sorry for those in northern climes who must endure more cold and darkness than is usually tolerable. Mind you, i envy the culturally appropriate cues for the approach of christmas. ;-)

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    1. don't feel sorry for us! I have never been this thankful for more cold and more dark. It is so comforting and cozy. :)
      we will miss you at Arnes next weekend. I was thinking that last time you were at Arnes you were about as pregnant with Asher as I am now! (except there was SNOW!) nuts. Its actually 25 degrees here today, so doubtful there will be snow in a week.

      happy thanksgiving.

      xo

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    2. i am sad to miss Arnes! Enjoy! (have they remodeled the lodge since i was there last?)

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  10. I love your quotes. :) You have such a way with words.

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