Catch the Sun

Arctic inhabitants have a special relationship with the sun.  Its 2-month absence creates a deep longing in the core of our being, and an overwhelming appreciation when we’re reunited.  Tears and smiles, elation and gratitude rise within us as the blazing star shines upon us.

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Catch the Sun

When the sun smiles, smile back.

When it warms your face, let your heart be warmed as well.

Catch the sun.  Hold it tight. Don’t ever let it go.

In the secret places of your mind, hide the precious moments of sunshine,

Mid-summer strolls, giggling children and barefoot toes.

Because the stormy days will come,

The winds will wail and blow,

And the sun will bid us farewell.

Catch the sun.  Hold it tight. Don’t ever let it go.

(Erica K. Haugli, 2015) 

I wrote this poem 10 months before cancer blew into our world.  A premonition?  My subconscious preparing me for the storm that lay ahead?  I’m not sure of the answer, but today, as then, it is a reminder to hold on to the golden moments: Simple or grand, ordinary or extraordinary.

Catch the sun.  Hold it tight. Don’t ever let it go.

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North Cape and the Midnight Sun

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A Sip of the Sun

Last night we drove up to the North Cape to view the midnight sun and enjoy a glass of wine.  The sun was behind scattered clouds, lighting up the nighttime sky.  Oh, and did I mention it was 20 C? What a night!

North Cape, Midnight sun, Nordkapp, Midnattsol

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Midnight Sun, North Cape, Norway
Midnight Sun, North Cape, Norway

 

It’s getting hot up here… 9 Degrees Celsius!

On days like today, those of us who call the North Cape our home, can’t help but smiling.  With the air temperatures around 9 degrees Celsius (48 F) and lots and lots of sun, we are breaking out our short sleeve shirts and shorts.

May 28, 2014, Honningsvåg Harbor
May 28, 2014, Honningsvåg Harbor

And with the midnight sun, well, we’re breaking out the bubbly and making the most of 24/7 daylight.

Midnight sun, North Cape, Nordkapp
Midnight sun, North Cape, Nordkapp
Sunlight at 11 pm
Sunlight at 11 pm

 

Living in the Light – Midnight Sun is Here!

The midnight sun is here!  For the next 2 months we will have daylight 24/7.  Two months to take late-evening strolls:

midnight sun, 24/7 daylightand enjoy midnight hikes:

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midnight sun

And make the most of every precious second of it, as we store up vitamin D for the polar night season.

Midnight Sun, Nordkapp Plateau,  Norway
Midnight Sun, Nordkapp Plateau, Norway

14 hours of daylight.. soon to be 24

The midnight sun is just around the corner.  In the next 6 weeks we will go from 14 hours of daylight to 24/7.  Today the sun rises at 5:15 am and will set at 7:25 pm.  This is the view from our house.. sun and snow, lots and lots of snow.

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