Goodbye Autumn

I thought that it was the Winter solstice yesterday, but apparently it occurred this morning, at 05:30 UTC on December 22, 2011.

The days are now short, noticeably; with the sun not rising until 08:55 this morning. Getting out of bed on cold Winter mornings has become a real effort…

I was intrigued to  find out how short the days actually are.  Today in Appin the Sun is above the horizon for only a brief 6 hours 49 min and of course the day is even shorter the further North you head. By comparison we had 17 hours and 45 min of daylight back in June – when it never really got dark and it felt like we went several months without seeing any stars.

I also found out that Oban, 10 miles (16Km) South of here gets 2 min extra daylight. Maybe we should migrate…

I been wanting to have a go at some time lapse photography for a while and eventually found SkyStudio Pro which seems like a nice piece of freeware and works with a webcam.  I shrank a little over 1h30min of real time yesterday afternoon into 18 seconds of video.  …it shows how grey it is here at the moment, but as an experiment and first trial I’m pleased. With better weather I’m looking forward to capturing some better time lapse sequences of the tides and maybe some flowers growing come spring.

Castle Stalker–Winter Solstice Time Lapse

About Andy Harpur

Interests : The Scottish Highlands, The Pennine Alps, The Milky Way, Abbot Ale, Mountaineering, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Canoeing, Sea Kayaking, Astronomy, Guitar, Penny Whistle. I live and breath for the outdoor lifestyle. New places, new faces, new adventures....
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One Response to Goodbye Autumn

  1. Happy Solstice (it was yesterday for us here in the SW US)! I can’t imagine the sun not coming up until almost 9:00. Even a this time of year, it’s bright by 7:00.

    Love the time lapse. The movement of the clouds is a bit entrancing. 🙂

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