Making a quick trip West to see family before Christmas, I was reminded — if not at every turn then at least a few times — that one of the gifts of travel is seeing anew.
And one of the benefits of this time of year is that sunrise and sunset occur at decent hours: There is no need to arise at ungodly hours or to stay up late to get interesting light and amazing skies.
Have a wonderful trip west. I fly to Manitoba a week from tomorrow.
Tom – Many thanks. Enjoy your Christmas trip, and Manitoba.
Sharon sometimes said that the skies in Edmonton made up for all the rest.
Jim T – LOL – There’s lots of beauty in/on the prairies, but the skies *are* fantastic.
Wherever land is flat or meets the relatively flat, great bodies of water, the sky can dominate the scene. I know sunrise and sunset here in hilly, wooded land can be spectacular, but apparently more rarely because there is so much to distract from or to cover the heavenly display. I wonder if the feeling of extroverted freedom I get under the great bowl of the sky is a universal experience or just a personal reaction to the release from claustrophobic landscapes?
Laurna – I don’t think much about the sky here in Ottawa. Although we get some nice sunrise/sunset displays, their scope is limited. I don’t quite feel claustrophobic here, but there are some places between mountain chains in BC where mountains loom in every direction. Not sure I could live there.
Isabel – when I was stationed at CFB Suffield I often had to return to Ottawa on business.
Each time that I returned to Ottawa I was shocked at how tall the buildings seemed to have gotten in my absence.
John – LOL – the flip side of going back to see things we saw as children and finding them so small! A family member who went Way Up North for a summer of work came back to find Calgary ridiculously green.
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