Sunshine on my shoulder

“If I had a tale that I could tell you
I’d tell a tale sure to make you smile
If I had a wish that I could wish for you
I’d make a wish for sunshine all the while” – Sunshine on my shoulders by John Denver

It’s the middle of winter but you’d never know it from the run of unseasonably warm weather we’ve been having. The sun has been shining and the temperatures have been in the mid to high 60s. Normally, it would be in the 40s with either foggy, overcast skies or rainy days. After early morning chills, the sun comes out and it warms up to near-Spring levels. I’ve doffed my jacket and even used the car’s air conditioner, albeit briefly. Colors are more vibrant, and there’s plenty of light so exposures aren’t a problem. And I don’t have to worry about numb fingers and trying to hold the camera still while shivering.

But I do feel a little guilty. Much of the nation has been in an icy deep freeze these past few weeks, causing accidents, power outages, even some deaths. People in about half the country, particularly the North and Northeast, have had to deal with below-freezing temperatures, not to mention all the snow and ice that goes with them.

I recently got a shot of University of the Pacific student Adam Heusinkveld, a native of Chicago. He was taking in the sun while studying outside on the UOP campus in Stockton. He was shirtless, wearing only shorts, while he read. I asked him if was glad to be here in the sunshine. He answered: “It’s negative 30 (in Chicago) today.” Then he smiled and gave a little chuckle. Yes, I feel a little guilty, but only a little.

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