Sunrise at 5:40 am, sunset at 10:00 pm for over 16 hours 20 minutes of daylight. We’re gaining almost 7 minutes a day, now, here at 64° 49’ 33” North. Astronomical twilight will be gone tomorrow — the sun will not get more than 12° below the horizon again until August. There is enough light to drive from 4:34 am to 11:07 pm —18 and a half hours.
Breakup is finally here, and the road has turned into a series of muddy ponds. The snow is melting rapidly. The snow stake shows a mere 4”, down from 14” a week ago. I actually managed to walk out to the stake to photograph it, though I had to use rubber boots. The temperature must have dropped below freezing overnight, because there was an icy crust on the ground – but I could feel the soft mud underneath.
The raised vegetable beds are showing, and I have herbs growing in the south window. Another week, and I can start the beans. The bike paths have been plowed out, and it shouldn’t take more than a couple of days until I can get the tricycle out of the storage shed. And to my surprise, one of the indoor orchids bloomed. Spring is here!