The 26 hour day-

August 24, 2014  •  8 Comments

Now before you go all troll on me and blow up my internet with comments saying how crazy I am- the 26 hour day IS possible!  

 photo from Sam M.   http://mitadmissions.org/blogs/entry/mit_dorms_really_random

And it would be sooo convenient. I wouldn't sleep longer that's for sure, well maybe every once in a while- but I would use the time to try to get to all those things that get pushed over into the next day, which then pushes other things into the day after that. Anyways here's the wikipedia article regarding length of day and how it is actually getting longer:: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_length, and from that article: "The earth is constantly losing angular velocity and rotational energy through a process called tidal acceleration, which leads to a slow lengthening of the day. A century ago, the average day was about 1.7 milliseconds shorter than today,[1] while in the late Neoproterozoic about 620 million years ago a day had only about 21.9±0.4 hours.[2"

How crazy is that@!! So I guess that if we can only hold out for another say 400 million years or so then we'll have all the time in the world! Until then I'll keep drinking coffee.

It's the absolute height of the season here right now on Mount Desert Island. The roads are absolutely impossible- clogged with tourists visiting Acadia making 12 point turns, there are J walkers galore, bicyclists, joggers with those baby strollers made for running, deer crossing with fawns in tow, and that's just the first turn out of the driveway! Also the lobstering is in top gear as it's get as much as you can get season. My hands are only occasionally numb this year, guess my body is acclimating fairly well. A typical day for me these days has the alarm going off at 03:00, I take a quick 4 minute wake up shower while the coffee is brewing, then I chug a half a pot while listening to the news and working on photography in Lightroom or Photoshop, out the door to haul gear by 04:00 or 04:30 and back home in the afternoon often at around 2:00 pm. I'm missing the best times of day for photography with my big camera but I'm always shooting the sunrise with my iPhone, as in every single beautiful sunrise there is, which is nice! Here's a quick sampling of sunrises and other scenes from this summer shot with the iPhone:  

F/V Never Enough

My good dog Grover on the punt dock.

Rowing out to the boat.

Setting gear. Traps stacked across the rails.

Nautical twilight

Sunrise through the windows of the wheel house.

Sunrise between the islands.

Heavy overcast off Black Island.

Danny pulling up to a buoy off Black Island.

Danny gaffing a buoy off Black Island.

Looking for buoys in the fog.

A couple of oversized ancient lobsters.

Crescent moon over the Bass Harbor lighthouse.

Predawn on the Bernard town dock with lobster traps and bait.

Danny setting them back.

My folks came up for a visit and went for a ride on the boat, they really loved it!

Shifting gear- photoed from the poop deck!

Getting picked up from the finger float.

Heading out.

Sunrising over Little Black Island.

Danny with a cod that came up in a trap.

Mount Desert Island off my front yard also known as Goose Cove.

Setting more gear.

Pano.

Another beautiful sunrise.

Traps ready to be set on the rail.

Shifting a string of gear.

Gulls.

Redfish.

In the ER with redfish poisoning.

Fueling up.

The local paper liked this one enough.

Captain Dan picking a trap.

Pink lumpfish!

Another beautiful sunrise while leaving Bass Harbor Maine.

Searching for unicorn lobsters under Blue Hill Bay rainbows.

My big camera gets out of the bag hardly as much as my little pocket camera but the goal is to try to make serious imagery once a week or so in this the busiest of seasons. When I do break it out I'm continuing adding to my Acadia catalog but trying to find new approaches to old scenes. Also it is my studio camera when I don't want to necessarily drive somewhere to photograph but I'm feeling the need to photograph- so I'll shoot on white or black and make a study out of some object. Like this the phycus leaf: 

Tessellated leaf 2.

Tessellated leaf.

That's it for now- just wanted to show you that I'm still alive and kicking, just very distracted from all the other things that are called life and work that are keeping me from the blog. Have a good one and try to be as productive as possible with our miserably short 24 hour days!

-Nate!

 


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