Yesterday was the longest day. In number of hours it was. Because I am at a Northern latitude, 38, that means the earliest sunrise and the latest sunset were not yesterday.
I learned that long ago as a runner who ran at 6am with a small group of people. I was very aware of sunrise, because we could see where we were running. Sunrise often came weeks after the Winter solstice. And it changed with each year because of the .25 change in the length of the non-leap year day. Daylight saving and daylight wasting were very noticeable.
I once visited my father when he was living on the South China Sea at the equator. That was really different. The sun rose and set every day at the same time and in the same location on the horizon.
Back in San Francisco, I used to see all the morning constellations, except in the foggy months.
Today, I don’t notice anything but the amount of light when I get up. I only see the constellation Orion a few days a month a few months of the years.
I am not alone. Most Americans are in the same category as I; out of touch with the sky. However most of them try to use loony substitutes to suggest they are in touch with the sky and the planet. Natural foods, anti-GMO, human caused global Armageddon, locavorism, Paleo diet and every other Luddite scam to come along.
Sorry folks. Even going camping, most of us are out of touch with the environment around us.