Shift of the sun dial
And how the swamp responds

In case you forgot:

The swamp sun dial got set back on hour last night.

Swamp sun dial gets set back

The reason? In a nutshell it has something to do with keeping daylight hours aligned with normal working hours. Initially, turning the clocks back gives us more daylight in the morning. But that too will diminish as we approach the shortest day of the year on December 21st.

To be honest, for me the one hour change is much too abrupt. My strategy has always been to shift the clock back 15 minutes on Friday night, then another half hour on Saturday night, then take Sunday night off to let those forty five minutes soak in (in the same spirit as does a high-altitude mountain climber make base camp at 20,000 ft to acclimate to the low oxygen air) before proceeding with correcting for the final remaining 15 minutes on Monday night. And yes, if I were king for a day, I would grant everyone a week off of work to fully adjust.

As far as the natural world goes: Has anyone else noticed how instantaneously the cypress trees respond to the sudden one hour loss of light? As you are aware, it’s the decrease in light, not the onset of cold, that causes their needles to fall. The one hour drop off causes them to turn from green to gray virtually overnight.

The end of daylight saving has a startling effect on the trees

Not even the sun is immune! Sunsets over the gulf are much more frequent once daylight savings ends. Trust me, I’ve been at Naples Beach until close to 8 pm on many a summer day and never saw it set. (Presumably it never did.) Compare that to the winter where the sun sets – and beautifully I might add  like clockwork during the same time as in the summer it would be bright as could be day.

Sunsets are also more frequent
once Daylight Savings ends (as far as I can tell).

And last but not least: Is it me or does everyone suddenly grow taller (as judged by my shadow on the ground.) Who would have thought a swamp dial could be so strong?

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