Time to change the time change

I’m not a big fan of the time change. I suppose at some point in our past, it made sense to change our clocks from Daylight Saving Time to Daylight Standard Time in the fall and vice versa in the spring. The common rationale I’ve heard has always been that the time change was needed for farmers and school children. Those reasons never made sense to me, even when I lived in a farming community and went to school. We are also told that the time change saves energy. I’m not buying that one either. Someone please show me the data that proves people use less energy by changing their clocks one hour twice a year. My bet is that the time change is largely a myth perpetuated by the fact that it makes sense on the surface but, in reality, no one ever really tested the hypothesis in the first place.

I live in East Tennessee near the western edge of the Eastern time zone. I would like to keep Daylight Saving Time all year. I have to admit that is completely selfish based on my photography. For example, thanks to Daylight Saving Time, the sunrise was so late at the end of October that I could sleep in and still drive to Foothills Parkway in time for the action. Like I said, I’m being selfish! Yesterday, the sun rose just before 8:00 am. That was awesome! I woke up at 6:15, was out the door at 6:35, arrived at Foothills at 7:20 and was able to scout three parking areas before the sun was up!

Here are a couple of shots I got, one looking into the mountains and the other a collection of trees. It was a great morning. The fog was super heavy and changed quickly. Twice, I drove to a parking area to see a fantastic scene that closed in with fog before I could even get out my camera. That is my favorite time to shoot at Foothills, dashing from location to location, trying to outsmart the fog. Usually, the fog is smarter than me, but I have a blast anyway! You don’t often think of landscape photography as an action sport, but it sure can be!

After looking at these images, I’ve decided that this is the official beginning of my campaign entitled, “It’s time to change the time change!” My protest begins by refusing to change my clocks. That’s right. I’m holding on to Daylight Saving Time as long as I can. Ha! I know it will only last for only a couple of days, mostly because my phone already updated to the new time automatically. But I’m not manually changing any clocks in my life (all five of them!) for as long as I can. Wish me luck and enjoy the images!

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