Friday, March 15, 2013

Welcome to the Southern Hemisphere

One of the best things about traveling is that you get to observe how the Earth changes as you go from place to place.  For instance, right now we are sailing in the southern hemisphere and there are quite a few noticeable differences from other places that we have been.  For one, sunset is much later in the day.  There was once a time when I would walk upstairs (my office is in the very bottom of the ship and does not have any windows) around 4pm and it would already be dark.  Nowadays it's plenty light at 4pm and the sun doesn't sink below the horizon until about 8pm (check out the pictures of tonight's sunset).  Another difference is the constellations.  No matter how hard you look you will not find the big dipper down here, it simply is not visible in the southern hemisphere.  You can however, find the southern cross.  Unfortunately my friend Jan and I were unable to locate it tonight from deck 13.  We searched for a good while, but there were so many stars that it was a bit like searching for a needle in a hay stack.  No worries though, I thoroughly enjoyed gazing at the star filled sky, even if we couldn't find the southern cross.  Enjoy the pictures and look for more to come as tomorrow we are sailing through Milford Sound and I expect there to be quite a lot to take pictures of.

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