I’m talking literally not figuratively here.
While we do enjoy ridiculously long summer days, the winter nights are just as long. We do not enjoy 24 hours of sun light like Yellowknife but summer does have its advantages of daylight until 11pm. In winter it’s dark for as long as 17 hours. BUT unlike those lands south of the snow belt, the dark is really not that dark. Thanks to the snow, all light is magnified. I went walking the other night in the Mill Creek Ravine and there was enough ambient light to see quite well. Cloud cover made it even better. When the moon is out and the stars twinkling, the light brings shadows and depth. Cloud cover interestingly enough brings a flat light with little shadows.
The light in the dark is tremendous treat in the winter…or winter waste land as my wife would say. She’s not big on the cold…so much so we don’t travel to the north side unless we have to. Really.
We also have the knowledge that from this point until mid June, the days are just getting longer. Deliciously longer.