Tuesday, April 5, 2011

D is for Daylight

Berlin is at 52 degrees north latitude. That's just 14 degrees south of the Arctic Circle. And it means that we go from 7 hours, 39 minutes of daylight on winter solstice to 16 hours, 50 minutes on summer solstice.

Over the course of six months, we gain over 9 hours of daylight.

 This time of year is the best: we gain four minutes a day. So by this time next week, the day will be half an hour longer. It happens so fast, it's noticeable. Almost as if we can watch the world wake from its winter slumber.

What's your favorite thing about spring?


  1. I love the changing of the seasons. I live just down from an orchard and I love watching the trees bud and then blossom and then grow heavy with fruit before the autumn. Actually, that orchard features in a lot of my poetry.

  2. We are always thankful for and look forward to daylights, as it seems we can achieve more in the day rather than during the night. That's quite an amazing change there.

    My favorite thing about spring are the blooms and their colors. Of course we get to see these only when we visit temperate countries, even though dry seasons here with flowers sprouting do look like spring.

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  3. Alison, that's so interesting! I never thought about how far north Berlin is before.

  4. How wild is that?!!!

    My favorite thing is a break from really cold weather (NC=anything below 32). But I dread the summer....

  5. Hi Alison, just letting you know I received the book "What your stuff says about you" in the mail today. YAY!! It's such a pretty book! :D I'll let you know when I've read it! :)

  6. Angeline: I can imagine. The flowers are starting to bloom here, and it's just incredible to watch everything come back to life.

    Grandpa: Your seasons are completely different, aren't they? But the wet season is close enough to spring. :)

    Andrea: It's insanely far north, same latitude as London, further north than Calgary.

    Becky: I don't think I could handle summer in NC. No, wait, I've spent a summer in NC, and I have no desire to do it again. :)

    Trisha: Yay! I'm so glad it got there. I hope you enjoy it!

  7. Are you in Berlin? I love Berlin!

    In London, it stays light until quite late in the evenings, too.

  8. I love the longer days. Winter just seems to drag forever because of the abundance of dark and the lack of light. Although I do get depressed upon arriving at the summer solstice. That's because I know the days are growing shorter again.

  9. Talli: I am in Berlin, and it's a fabulous city. :)

    Jeffrey: I completely agree, although sometimes writing helps me through the dark days. But I do exactly the same thing after summer solstice!

  10. I love the sun being out later and not needing a light until seven at night (or later). But that's just one of many!

  11. Love the photo! My favorite thing about spring is the warm weather and the budding trees. Also lilacs. Lots and lots of lilacs.

  12. That photo is lovely. I love the increasing daylight as well. It's like I'm waking up from a long winter's nap!

  13. Birdsong and seeing/smelling the fruit trees in bloom.

  14. When I lived in Tennessee I liked the spring rains and the trees and flowers in bloom. Here in Los Angeles....it starts getting a little bit warmer, but there's not that much of a perceptible change overall.

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  15. JEFritz: Sunlight is great, although I don't sleep much in the summer. It gets light at 3:30am and isn't truly dark until 1:30am.

    Luana: Not my pic, but it is pretty. :) I love lilacs, too.

    Kari: amazing what a difference it makes.

    K.C.: Yes and yes. :)

    Lee: L.A. doesn't sound like the best place to enjoy spring!

  16. I love morning time in spring, when the sun is barely coming up... green grass and birds churping... unfortunately where I live (San Diego) we don't get the long days... 7pm comes along and night is upon us. Even in the summer, days are not as long... darn!

  17. I remember that from living in England, but it was difficult to wake up to sun and birds chirping at 4:00 a.m.