for those of you that were interested in getting a closer look at Fairbanks twilight in the middle of winter -- here you have it! this is actually at the end of the day... it is nearing 4PM and the light is slowly bleeding from the sky -- but the 6 hours of light per day pretty much resembled this overcast grayness -- a dim wonderland for some -- a depressing nightmare for others. i found it quite exotic myself... but it would certainly be hard to get up in the morning and go to work when this was just about as light as it got for 6 months!! and don't forget: twilight began at 11AM and ended just after 4PM!! ;) of course on this day there was an abundance of low hanging cloud layers that blocked out the little amount of light there was from the horizon... of course, most days in winter were exactly like this... so i guess this is a fairly accurate representation of what i had to work with!
the last remaining frontier, this part of the world truly undergoes a deep dark freeze for about 6 months of the year: mid October through mid April... you really have to be tough mentally to stay abreast of all the things that need to get done. it can be agonizingly cold... and life threateningly so! but the highlights of course are the blessed hot springs, the warm toasty fires that burn constantly, the wonderfully warm clothing, the mind numbing cold that clears the head and revives the spirit... and the magically pristine look of true wilderness under ice. and then, if you can handle all of that -- and if you are lucky -- the amazing and indescribably beautiful Aurora Borealis will dance in the skies above you!!!
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