Early Risers

One of the things it’s hard not to notice in December is just how dark it is. With an average working day, you don’t see daylight outside work hours. It can get a bit depressing but there are bonuses in that the sun is likely to be coming up while you journey to work.

Here , at the reserve, we have had some fantastic sunrises in the last week. Check out the pictures!

Sunrise over Loch Davan

Sunrise over Loch Davan

Sunrise from viewpoint

Sunrise from viewpoint

Pine trees in first light

Pine trees in first light

And now the science bit….why are sunrises pink and orange? Well, it’s to do with wavelengths of light. As the sun rises (well, the earth turns towards the sun), the light is travelling its furthest to reach your eyes. The light with the shorter wavelengths (blues and greens) gets absorbed by the atmosphere but the longer wavelength lights (the reds and oranges) reach your eyes and make the sunrises look orange. But there is no science bit when it comes to just appreciating how beautiful they are!

Pine trees in the sunrise

Pine trees in the sunrise

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