The Sun has set for the first time in around 2 months. It wasn’t a long sunset, lasting a total of 38 minutes. Longer if you put a hill between you and the sun! 😄 It’s been hell to sleep with the sun up all the time.

Time becomes arbitrary. There’s no rushing to “beat the darkness” when doing a task. Anything can be done as easily at 3 pm as it can at 3 am. It got me. My sleep pattern now is a 2 hour nap here, 4 hour nap there with the time of day being completely irrelevant. It is going to suck when I have to go back to a 9-5 schedule for work. But I am also a schedule fiend who does the best with a set schedule. So I will be happier once I’m back into the swing of things.

When I was out seeking the first Sunset of July I came across this crashed rocket. I assume it’s a large amateur rocket. Possibly a science rocket. There were no markings whatsoever on it so I am leaning amateur. It made for a wonderful frame for this spectacular sunset.

Lapland Longspurs are one of the most abundant birds that nest in the Arctic. And are the most abundant bird in Nunavut. They are a small songbird that weighs roughly 27 grams and has a wingspan around 30 centimeters. Lapland Longspurs are a sexually dimorphic species with the females not displaying the dramatic facial markings that the males possess.

Lapland Longspurs are found all across Nunavut except for the northwest of Ellesmere Island. During the winter, the small birds fly south to central and southern United States where they feast upon seeds while they wait for spring to fly north to their breeding grounds.

Scientists estimate that the population of the Lapland Longspur is over 40 million in the North American Arctic. They are abundant in the wet tundra, rarely venturing into the rocky terrain where the Buntings call home.