Days 302 to 305 — Return of the 16 hour day

The sun rose this morning at 5:04 and set this evening at 9:08. That is 16 hours and 4 minutes of daylight. Of course, it rained most of the day and we saw the sun only late this evening after it began to clear just slightly. It is now clouding over again and we expect rain again tomorrow. Still, it is wonderful to consider that the days are going to keep getting longer until June 21st or thereabouts. On December 21 last year we had 6 hours and 48 minutes of daylight (I went back through the blog to check) so that means we will top out at around 17 hours and 12 minutes this summer. I intend to be up at around 4:00 a.m. on June 21st to get a shot.

Our class wandered around to look at some of the remnants of historical Halmstad, including this few hundred year old structure that is now a cafe.

Mariette found a really good spot to view the coast so we hiked up there on Sunday morning.

This are of Halmstad used to be a granite quarry. This old quarry is now a pool and during summer people jump off the top of the cliff about 60 into the water below.

Those white buildings are the old studio of a well-known artist from Halmstad, Walter Bengston. Mariette’s dad knew him well. At one time a group of artists lived near here and drew inspiration from this location.

Behind us were fields with some horses including an Icelandic pony (the little guy to the right).

The floor in any forested area is full of these wood anenomes.

They are a sure indicator that the nice weather is on its way. And people are getting their boats in shape.

As I said, it rained a lot today but late in the day it stopped and the sky began to clear a little.

Because Apple hasn’t released an iPhone camera with Smell-o-Vision yet, these last shots cannot convey the most amazing part of the evening. I guess because it is spring and things are blooming, the rain brought out the fragrances everywhere and the entire environment smells like a bouquet of strong smelling flowers. I have somewhat of a deaf nose and cannot abide artificial smells like perfumes or perfumed products, but tonight was pretty amazing even for someone like me. I think I will go back out just to make sure I am not imagining things.



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