A few days ago we passed the summer solstice — the longest day of the year. And finally it’s full summer, with the light lasting long into the evening and the nights staying warm enough to walk around in a t-shirt. It’s a blessing for those of us living in northern climes. But if you rally want to experience the longest day, you need to go to the Arctic.
That’s where I was about a year ago, cruising the waters of the Canadian Arctic on an Adventure Canada cruise. Mot of the passengers turned in when the hour got late, but I loved to walk the decks as the sun slowly approached the horizon, not long before midnight. And one evening I was rewarded by a spectacular show.
As the sun sank just below the water’s edge, it threw up a light that lit the edges of the clouds a burning red and sent ribbons of colour across the sky. Then, as it disappeared completely, it split the sky in two — the bottom half a dusky blue, the top a gentle pink that seemed to held the full moon in its embrace.
I have many memories of this trip to the top of the world, but among the most special are the moments spent under the midnight sun. It’s not everyone who gets to see the longest day come to an end — and to bring it home in a photo.
My sponsor for this trip was Nikon Canada . If you live in the Toronto area and like to take pictures when the sun goes down, Nikon is holding a tutorial on how to take great night photographs, led by product and training specialist Chris Ogonek. The session is at Nikon’s Mississauga headquarters on Thursday, July 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Here’s the registration page.