Mountain DAYLIGHT Time!

One of my favorite M2WB (that’s Mission Mountain Wood Band, for the uninitiated) songs is “Mountain Standard Time.”  My favorite time zone, though,  is really Mountain DAYLIGHT Time.

I’ve heard some whining from some of my friends (you know who you are) about the whole time change thing.  I gotta tell you, I LOVE “springing forward.”  More than one friend has questioned the value of Daylight Saving Time.  I responded to one on Facebook today by saying

“By shifting ‘waking hours’ to take advantage of available daylight/sunshine we set provide the setup for less power consumption — the sun provides light and warmth. We might as well take advantage of that while we are awake (assuming people change the clocks on programmed thermostats and actually use natural light instead of electric lights all the time). Good for the power bill and for saving natural resources.

By shifting “waking hours” to take advantage of available daylight we also set up poor working schmucks to have a bit more daylight after the work day is done and that is good for morale!”

I included the practical consideration in my response above but, really, my greatest fondness for Daylight Saving Time is that hour of daylight I get after work after a long dark winter.  An hour to play.  An hour to find a pretty place to watch the sun set.

Mountain Daylight Time

This evening I took advantage of that extra hour of daylight.  Besides the pretty sunset, I also enjoyed seeing a small variety of birds at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge.

  • red tailed hawk
  • Norther harrier
  • red-winged black bird
  • hooded merganser
  • Canada goose
  • ring-necked pheasant
  • black-billed magpie
  • killdeer
  • green-winged teal
  • mallard
  • common goldeneye
  • Northern pintail
  • American wigeon
  • redhead
  • great blue heron
  • northern flicker
  • American robin
  • great horned owl

And a few mammals, too:

  • musktrat
  • white-tailed deer
  • red fox

Cooper (my standard poodle) and I also enjoyed a walk in the cool spring evening air.

Ah!  I LOVE Mountain Daylight Time!

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