Friday, December 28, 2012

The Mayan Apocalpyse and the Eternal Sunset of the Spotting Mind

Thank you, Sue Ann Bowling, for alerting me to this website and making my arctic solstice dream come true.

Sue Ann Bowling is a fellow blogger - and also a resident of the Fairbanks, Alaska, area, a scientist and a science fiction writer.

I have blogged before about my fascination with the midnight sun - and the midday dark - including the dreams I used to have when I was a little girl.  I have never lived north of where I am currently living, near Johnson City, New York.  Yet, when I was a little girl, growing up in New York City, I had a number of vivid dreams about living in a place that had daylight past 11pm - or sometimes, almost total darkness at noon.  The constant light made me happy - especially the dreams of midnight light-  but when I looked at the stars in the darkness dreams, they frightened me.  (I do mean "little": these dreams are some of my earliest memories.)

You didn't glimpse many stars when growing up in the Bronx.  But I somehow knew the stars were "wrong".

Now, thanks to modern techology, I have seen the Alaskan day on the first day of winter.

The video shows time lapse photography of the sunrise in Fairbanks, Alaska - and the painful crawl of the sun across the horizon, only to set again less than 4 hours later.  Call me strange, but this video gave me chills.

Sue Ann Bowling describes "North Pole weather" every Monday on her blog, and I treasure her observations. 

She is a scientist.  I write from my feelings, without regard for the science.  She witnesses what she writes about.  I can only imagine, and try to reconcile the mysterious dreams of my childhood with her observations.

I don't know if I'll ever solve this mystery of my early childhood.  But I may come close.

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