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In the Arctic, 'Magic Hour' Lasts Far More Than Just an Hour

ImaGeo iconImaGeoBy Tom YulsmanJanuary 20, 2015 5:08 AM


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The view west from Mount Storsteinen near Tromsø, Norway, on Jan. 19, 2014. Pic of the Day After being absent since October, the sun will return to Tromsø, Norway on Wednesday, Jan. 21. And even though I'm visiting here for just a little over a week, and I have therefore not missed the sun for months on end like the residents of this lovely Arctic city, I'm very much looking forward to the moment when it will briefly poke up above the horizon. In the meantime, as a photographer — and just someone who appreciates nature every single day — I'm feasting on the magic hour light that goes on for hours and hours on end here while the sun cruises just below the horizon. That magical light is on dramatic display in the photo above, which I shot from Mount Storsteinen high above Tromsø at about 1 p.m. last Sunday. Those colors are very much real. But they're just a few examples of a broad spectrum of subtle tones (and sometimes not so subtle) that are on dramatic display during the polar darkness — which turns out to be not so dark at all at this time of year.

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