This week’s photo challenge is Nighttime. Which reminds us of an earlier, self-imposed challenge: Getting Up in the Middle of the &^*#@! Nighttime to Go Paddle. Photos here are from weekdays in July and August, when we woke at 4 to launch by 5, as prep for the L2L .
Geekily speaking, they’re not so much “Nighttime” as they are “Nautical Twilighttime”—when the center of the sun is 12 degrees below the horizon, and only general or vague outlines of objects (like HHYC docks) are visible. Still, there’s enough light to see the horizon, and even if there’s no moon, mariners can navigate reliably by stars…hence the name.
Nautical twilight gives way to civil twilight—i.e., when the sun is 6 degrees below the horizon and there’s enough light to see (and do) stuff without artificial illumination. Plus, it’s pretty.
Eventually, the sun rose and brought with it our darkest hour: Going back to work. 🙂