One of the distinguishing features of a northern winter is that the sun is very low in the sky, even at noon.
On Sunday, while walking in Borden Park in Edmonton, I noticed how long the shadows were. These pictures were taken at around midday on October 25th.
Edmonton is above the 53rd parallel, or circle of latitude, around the earth. It has similar sunrise and sunset times to Unalaska, USA; Dublin, Ireland; Manchester, England; Hamburg, Germany; and Tolyatti, Russia. During the winter solstice, the sun is above the horizon for about eight hours a day.
As you can see, even at noon the sun is still very low in the sky. On a sunny day in winter, motorists need sunglasses all day because the sun never seems to rise above the windshield. People with daytime jobs, however, usually go to and from work in the dark.
On Sunday, I enjoyed seeing the blue sky, sunshine, and long, long shadows. And, I’m glad I rarely have to drive anywhere!