January 29, 2011

Ninety Minutes More.

As we approach the end of the first month of the year, a hint of change can be perceived in my surroundings. Barely there, yet nevertheless palpable. The increase in daylight.

This past week, this difference was so very clearly felt as I watched the sun set behind a birch tree and no longer behind the hills in the south. After days of fog and rain, a beautiful colour adorned the evening skies, blood red and dark velvet blue, extending the evening light.

Our days have now gained almost exactly ninety minutes more - one hour in the evening and thirty minutes in the morning. Already this small increase lifts ours spirits and fills our hearts with expectations and promises of lighter times ahead.

Below a set of comparison images between December and January sunset - what a difference a month can make. All images are taken from my windows.




































39 comments :

InesMrs.Venus said...

Good Morning, Sweet-

yes- that´s what I like- more light- it´s so wonderful for the soul... I enjoy it, like you!

The photos are wonderful- a great view!!!

Enjoy your weekend- I always love it- sleeping longer- I hate it, to do things in time. I don´t wear a clock- it´s better to "feel" the time...

Enjoy the light, my Love-

Ines♥

Dan said...

It must be amazing to see the days draw out so quickly, Zuzana! Spring is on the way!
Dan
-x-

Elizabeth said...

That hour and a half makes such a huge difference and I'm so happy with that extra time.
Today the sun is shining but it is freezing cold.
Have a great weekend and keep warm.

Susan Deborah said...

I liked bothe the pictures. I think I am so used to that tree now that when I fly through Denmark, I can spot that Zuzana's tree.

Big hugs and a lovely wish for a calm and collected Sunday.

Joy always,
Susan

Brian Miller said...

we are slowly coming out of the long darkness...soon enough new life will be bursting forth and we will be wrapped in the warmth of spring...cant wait...

Gal Friday said...

There is SUCH a world of difference between December afternoons(dark and oppressive), and January afternoons(bright and optimistic). And then there is February..and March...and full blown spring before we know it. :-)

Enjoy your weekend sunsets, Zuzana. :-)

Ash said...

Gorgeous photos, as always!

Deborah Jean said...

Ahh Yes! More light! We are experiencing the same lift from the additional light each day here too even with over a foot of snow on the ground!
Lovely images and thoughts.
Thank you!
Deb~

Rebecca said...

This is so nice you posted this because I had *just* noticed the difference in how much lighter it was later in the day this week. Such beautiful photos!! We are almost there!!!!

Kath said...

Yes, lighter here, but still a bitter North easterly wind. Definately breakfast-under-the-duvet mornings ;-)

T's Daily Treasures said...

A friend was just saying to me the the other day that when I was at her home earlier in the month, it was getting dark at 4:30 pm and now the sun starts to set after 5 pm. I've noticed the evening changes. But the mornings are still pitch black when we get up at 6 am for school. Makes it hard for anyone to get out of bed. I so agree with your post on positive thoughts and getting a feel for people. There are folks I used to hang out with but I've realized I've grown beyond what once was and don't have much in common with them anymore. I'd rather be around people who exude joy and positivty. Hope you are having a great day. Best wishes, Tammy

steviewren said...

It seems like the sun sets very slowly there in Scandinavia. Am I correct in this perception?

If I've thought it once, I've thought it many times...the color of your sky is beautiful. I think you have more depth of color there. You lived in the states. What do you think?

ladyfi said...

What wonderful shots! The gradual return of the light is truly delightful! I can even hear more birds singing...

Regina said...

Wow how amazing and great view!
I'm sure spring is coming soon.
Enjoy the weekend.

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Oh Zuzana, I must tell my Dear Readers, to run right over here and read this post. I'm doing this, for those who are still bothered by S.A.D and the long-nesssssss of Jan. and Winter, etc. It should lift their spirits! Thank you.

Hugs and ♥'s...
'Cause Valentine Day is coming!

Colleen said...

If those are the views from your windows, you live in an exceptionally beautiful place! Wow! It must be a balm to the spirit to look out on that every day! And I am so happy too to be having slightly longer days...

Hope you are having a beautiful weekend Zuzana!

Donna said...

Beautiful photos, Zuzana! I can tell our days are getting a wee bit longer.

Hugs,
Donna

SandyCarlson said...

Ninety minutes is quite an increase in daylight. The changes from picture to picture fill me with hope!

SY said...

yes...more sunlight. thanks for the reminder that things are looking up

SY

Jill said...

I love the shades of blue in those photos Zuzana.

I too have noticed a bit more light over the last days...SO WELCOME! SO VERY WELCOME!

adrielleroyale said...

Wow - gorgeous! I am LOVING the "extra" time in day light :)

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

Its so interesting to see this huge differences in sunlight in different times of the year!!! The difference is so subtle here!!!
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Michael Manning said...

After reading your post, Zuzana, I feel that there is most definitely a place for January to mark new beginnings and reflect on how to actualize them! xoxo! ;)

A Lady's Life said...

I love the longer days and the sunsets when you can sit and watch as the sun slowly disappears into the horizon. What a sight for sore eyes, only to be followed by stars and a huge moon.

Foxglove said...

Such a gorgeous view from your widow Zuzana, your photos are beautiful.

The daylight makes such a difference. The sun in all its splendour and beauty. It's rising and setting in such spectacular ways are such delights of mine.

Have a light filled week the welcoming of a beautiful month my friend. xxx

tony said...

Yes, the light is growing stronger & more colourful.We can 'see the Wood from the trees' again!
Have A fine Sunday Zuzana!

art2cee2 said...

Lovely photos! :-)

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Differences and diversity are of very interesting in our life...

Radka said...

Ahoj. Děkuji ti za přáníčko. Dneska bylo také u nás krásně. Byli jsme skoro celé odpoledne venku. Matýsek už je zdravý. Čtrnáct dní byl nemocný. Byl nachlazený. Ahoj Radka.

LadyCat said...

Wow...that is a difference! Your photos are so beautiful. It's always so good to be able to see that spring is approaching.
Have a wonderful Sunday, Zuzana : )

LauraX said...

'tis a gift to be so keenly aware of the changes of light day by day. Beautiful photos Zuzana!

Hilary said...

You're always tops at photo-documenting the changes around you. Living considerably south of you, I don't think our daylight has increased by such leaps and bounds as yours has. Our summer days won't be as blissfully long but I sure am looking forward to them nonetheless. And I'm enjoying your seasons as seen through your lens. Happy day, my dear friend?

Betsy said...

The increased daylight it the first thing I notice, too! We used to eat dinner and it would be night-time black outside! Now the sun is just beginning to set!

SandyCarlson said...

Thank you for your comment on my Mardi Gras post.

I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful,view of the sunset through the trees.

Sex, Drugs and Bacon Sandwiches said...

I do miss longer nights - It doesn't matter whether it is the height of summer or middle of winter, the sun always sets here between 5.30 and 6.30pm.

Your pictures are fab, as always :)

Claus said...

Beautiful pictures!! They always take my breath away.
Have a great week ahead!

Sukanya said...

Lovely pics zuzana!! Absolutely true. There is so much difference a month can make!! And thanks for sharing you snow driving experience in my blog. Love reading your comments in my posts :)

Cheers,
Sukanya

Zuzana said...

Ines, Dan, Elizabeth, Susan, Brian, Tina, Ash, Deborah, Rebecca, Kath, T, Stevie, ladyfi, Regina, Amelia, Coleen, Donna, Sandy, SY, Jill, adrielle, Bhushavali, Michael, Lady, Foxglove, tony, art2cee2 (welcome), Philip, Radka, LadyCat, Laura, Hilary, Betsy, Sandy , Rajesh, SDB, Claudia and Sukanya – thank you all for your lovely words and compliments on my photography. Glad some of you can relate to the increase in our daylight.;)

This far up north the light surely changes fast and in 5 months we will have gained 11 hours of light total. In this respect, we are in the best part of the year – the sweet expectations of something beautiful.

As always, thank you so much for taking the time to stop by – your visits mean the world to me.

Xoxo
Zuzana