Nov 2, 2014

Swamp sundial "falls" back

Hopefully you didn't forget:

This past weekend the swamp sun dial got turned back.

This stump is
an incredibly accurate
timepiece (on sunny days.)

The traditional adjustment calls for a one fell swoop one hour change.

But for me that’s much too abrupt. My preference instead is to turn it back 15 minutes the day before, then another half hour the morning after. Fractionally starting with forty five minutes helps me ease into the time change (i.e. in the same spirit as does a high-altitude mountain climber make base camp at 20,000 ft to acclimate to the low oxygen air.)  I then proceed with correcting for the final remaining 15 minutes two nights later.


As far as the natural world goes.

Has anyone else noticed how instantaneously the cypress trees respond to the sudden one hour loss of light? As you are aware, it’s the decrease in light, not the onset of cold, that causes their needles to fall. The one hour drop off causes them to turn from green to gray virtually overnight.

The end of Daylight Savings
has a startling effect on cypress trees.
Not even the sun is immune!

Sunsets over the gulf are much more frequent once daylight savings ends. Trust me, I’ve been at Naples Beach until close to 8 pm on many a summer day and never saw it set. (Presumably it never did.) Compare that to the winter where the sun sets – and beautifully I might add  like clockwork during the same time as in the summer it would be bright as could be day.

Sunsets are also more frequent
once Daylight Savings ends

And last but not least:

Is it me or does everyone suddenly grow taller?


Who would have thought a swamp dial could be so strong?

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