River Fog in December

River Fog in December
River fog in the Yukon River Valley in Whitehorse

jeudi 28 octobre 2010

Darker Days

SAD lamp and Yukon baby

End of October in Whitehorse. Environment Canada is expecting a snow storm for the area. The weather is balmy here, if we compare it to the weather in Old Crow, where it is -20 today. It is that time of the year... Ravens are one of the few birds brave enough to stay for the winter. They are part of the gloomy landscape. Days are shorter. Many Yukoners are victims of SAD (seasonal affective disorder), also known as the "winter blues" often very close to the "cabin fever". It is not only a winter problem, in Yukon there is a SAD in summer too: https://www.yukon-news.com/life/13375/ . Some studies show that around 25 per cent of the populations of the northern areas suffer from it. One of the remedy is the light therapy. Even babies are using the SAD lamp in the Yukon (at least for the photo). I don't have SAD. I only have a few symptoms of it. Insomnia: I have not slept for 11 months. Hopelessness and pessimism? Well, I have always known that mankind is doomed. Nothing seasonal in that. Best preventive actions for SAD: staying busy, going outside, doing winter activities... Why not trying landscape photography?