The tide of light has shifted in Fairbanks, Alaska and darkness is getting hard to find in the night sky. More specifically, I heard a sandhill crane yesterday morning, the first of the year. To me, that is the official, inaugurating tune of springtime. While it is still possible to get a snowfall or two, it is unlikely, and the sun is pushing out some serious heat and light. So three cheers to aurora photography, that won’t be happening until late August or early September, after a robust summer. It is time to get psyched up for the infusion of light and get plans in order to trek Alaska’s tremendous landscape. I’ve got a few trips that are scheduled, but weather will dictate the final details of many more to follow.