The winter sun is lazy in Fairbanks. Today it won’t rise until 10:51 a.m. and will go back to bed at 2:40 p.m. When it is up this time of year, it barely makes it’s presence known. The sky is shrouded in a cool light; shadows are long, but usually friendly.
There is a peculiar romance that Fairbanksans have with Sun. We are heavily affected by both it’s absence and presence. In summer, we are frenetic and impatient and full-of-so-much-life. It’s breathless, like new love. We do things like forget to sleep, forget to shower, forget to eat. We are bathed in a constant stream of attention and frankly, it’s exhausting.
In winter, we move slow, drink bloody Mary’s at the Oasis, and go to great lengths to spend time with Sun. We even buy fake Suns (HappyLight), which is maybe kindof like a vibrator for daylight. But it’s G-rated enough that many people at my office have them at work. And dog-friendly!
When Sun returns in spring, we rejoice by finding all the time in the world to go frolic in the snow before Sun can warm up enough to melt it all. As for me, I’m a Big Fan of Sun so this winter, I plan to chase it south. I head to Colorado and Nebraska tomorrow morning to do some basking… and spend a little time with this guy.