There is no animal on earth that sees as much daylight over the course of its life as an Arctic Tern. They nest way up north during our summer and winters way down south of what anyone calls South - America or Africa.
Winter, thus, becomes another summer....long days, again.
"The species is strongly migratory, seeing two summers each year as it migrates from its northern breeding grounds to the oceans around Antarctica and back (about 24,000 miles) each year. This is the longest regular migration by any known animal." Go here.
I saw many Arctic Terns just once, on a bird watching boat that went sixty miles off the coast of Monterrey Bay, California to the continental shelf one late August. There I saw more than a million sea birds migrating - some from the north, others venturing from South Pole, some that even bred near New Zealand and somehow had followed food and winds to California. The most birds I have ever seen at once.
I crave daylight. I prefer sunrises to sunsets. Sunlight bathes us, warms us and jump starts the food chain. Luckily I do not live near lions.
Someone in this blog community is always in daylight. As of today those that grace me span the States and the World - Canada to New Zealand. Like Arctic Terns we circle the earth - we are all here seeking light, some raising young, others morning losses, most creating art. And all striving. Everyone flying despite fear and doubt, with joy and pain.
Happy Friday. Or Saturday if you are ahead of me, as I type. So many are.