Here we are, in the shortest days of the year. With not much more than eight hours of daylight each day, many of us spend at least some of our waking hours in the dark.
Outside, as we observe tracks in the snow, we realize that most of those tracks are made in the dark. The deer and other wildlife seem to flock to areas where there is food available and tend to do it under cover of darkness. Snowmobilers enjoy riding in the evening hours after the regular work day. Farmers’ regular long work days extend into the darkness. The good news is that now the trend begins to turn as days gradually lengthen.
Gene R. Stark
A teacher, farmer, trapper, and greenhouse grower. He writes about the outdoors and the people and culture of rural America..