Sadly, the illumination of the Scandinavian summer night sky is ending. The 7th of August marks the last day of the so called Light Nights and in its turn the end of the most beautiful period in the annual cycle of the North.
From now on, our skies will grow darker by each passing day. Already, the night has stolen two hours away from the daylight and compared to June, our sunrises and sunsets occur one hour later. This shift will increase exponentially and before long - twilight will rule my world once more.
There is a certain melancholy that fills my heart as I make my peace with the notion, that summer is closing towards its end. Warm days will still follow for a few weeks more, but warm nights and evenings will begin to subside drastically. The sun is turning slowly golden and my surroundings grow dark green, as the seed-bearing parachutes of dandelions and thistles fill the air. The late summer sunsets are now traveling back from northwest towards the west, where the setting disc will soon meet this cardinal direction around the fall equinox.
This is the beginning of the end of my love affair with Mr. Summer. Every year, as we say farewell to White Nights, I know he is slowly preparing for his departure.