Hi! Ready for today's question? Here it is: "11. On what day of the year are the shadows shortest where you live?" The answer is on the summer solstice, which, in the northern hemisphere occurs between June 20 and 22. The shortest shadows occur when the sun is highest in the sky. I'm sure each of you knew this and did well on this question. Gary Snyder doesn't mention short shadows in this poem, but he nails the sun straight high and blazing part.
Above Pate Valley
We finished clearing the lastSection of trail by noon,High on the ridge-sideTwo thousand feet above the creekReached the pass, went onBeyond the white pine groves,Granite shoulders, to a smallGreen meadow watered by the snow,Edged with Aspen—sunStraight high and blazingBut the air was cool.Ate a cold fried trout in theTrembling shadows. I spiedA glitter, and found a flakeBlack volcanic glass—obsidian—By a flower. Hands and kneesPushing the Bear grass, thousandsOf arrowhead leavings over aHundred yards. Not one goodHead, just razor flakesOn a hill snowed all but summer,A land of fat summer deer,They came to camp. On theirOwn trails. I followed my ownTrail here. Picked up the cold-drill,Pick, singlejack, and sackOf dynamite.Ten thousand years.
Tomorrow's question will be a two parter: "12. When do the deer rut in your region and when are the young born?" Join us if you can. Rants, raves and reflections served here daily.