If you look closely at the photo, you will notice that the Sun is setting behind the mountains. When I took the picture it was just 1:50 in the afternoon. The official time of the sunset this time of year for the Robson Valley is 3:45, but that is assuming that we were on a flat plain and there weren’t any mountains around. The mountains noticeably shorten the already short winter days.
How much they shorten the day depends on where you are in the Valley. If you were tucked at the base of the mountains you see, the Sun would have already disappeared. If you were watching from the Park Range on the opposite side of the Valley you would still have some time to go before you saw the Sun sink below the peaks.
Tomorrow marks the Winter Solstice, when the days will begin to lengthen again. I think it is one of the most significant days of the year, because the hardest part about winter for me is the lack of daylight and the long periods of darkness. In a logical world, tomorrow would mark the beginning of the new year.
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