Sunday, March 9, 2014

Let there be light!

Yeah, It's Day Light Savings Time.

Actually we are tricked into responding to an extra hour of light at the end of our day but all they did was take it away from the morning. But it does really work on those of us in the more northern states, we experience the euphoric waves of light giving us hope of summer days. The newly arrived 40 degree days and melting of snow doesn't hurt either.

Day Light Savings Time makes us move our clock ahead one hour, also referred to as spring forward. This manipulation of time is observe by many US states and other nations. But not all. Our family and friends in Arizona have defied the tradition (as well as Hawaii) and hold on to the hands of their clocks. Maybe they just don't need the boost of spring fever that we share here. Probably because they're enjoying there meals alfresco and activities aren't hindered by the tilt of the earths axis as much.

Other countries that observe daylight savings time, following their own dates on which to change. We were in the Netherlands a few years ago when their time change caught us by surprise. They say these tricks really don't affect humans because our internal clocks are set differently. But the increasing daylight overall does greatly affect the plants and animals.

Different species of birds are returning to Wisconsin and will soon make their way to Perrot State Park. As waters open on the Trempealeau Bay you'll be able to catch sight of the Tundra Swans. So plan on the next warmish day to head on over and welcome back our feathered friends in person.

1 comment:

  1. I like the Native American adage that only a white man could cut a strip off the end of his blanket and sew it on the other end and believe it is really now longer. But you are correct that it seems more important in the north where I remember going to work in the dark and returning home in the dark - it gets very depressing and this does seem to help.