Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

The U.S. National Library of Medicine notes that "some people experience a serious mood change when the seasons change. They may sleep too much, have little energy, and may also feel depressed". Research has proved that brain chemistry is affected by bright light, although the exact process is not clear. It is a real illness that affects as many as 6 out of 100 people in the U.S. Even 10 to 20% more people may experience a milder form of SAD. 

There's no denying that I get the winter blues ... but winter is still two weeks away. The past five weeks have been unseasonably cold and overcast here. Last week was ugly all four of my days off. After I went back to work, the sun popped back out and three of the four days I worked, it was in the mid 60's. It was supposed to be 61 and sunny here today so I had planned to go for a good long ride. I even prepped my bike last night after getting off work. This morning it's 37 and foggy with the forecast now saying we might see just a little bit of sun in the late afternoon. So much for riding today ... again. 

I do have a new toy coming and it will be here in two days. I have thought about one for quite a while and they have finally come down in price. I ordered a Heli-Max 230si video drone to use (after I get comfortable with flying it) to video fly by's and fly overs of abandoned bridges that I photograph.  A co-worker has a small one and brought it over to play with recently. The bottom photo is from a video clip shot from 80-100 feet above our house. The Heli-Max that I have coming shoots both still shots and video at 720p. I will hopefully have some videos and stills of bridges from up above them. 


mary said...

The drone is very cool. I have a friend who sends a camera up on a kite and let's it take pictures while the kite flies. He had no control over what the camera shot and he still got some great shots. The drone will really be cool.

I don't have SAD but am definitely an outside kinda gal and it is hard to enjoy so much time spent inside. Hang in there spring will be here in just a few months. Here's hoping for a mild winter.

Terry said...

Mary, I am excited about getting it in and getting good enough to take it out over water. One mistake and it's gone.

I hate being cooped up inside through the winter months. Hopefully it won't be a bad winter this year and if nothing else I can fly the drone inside practicing and annoy the dog! lol Maybe it won't be such a bad winter after all!

Wren said...

Hi, Terry!

My husband also suffers from the blues this time of year. I hear that getting one of those special lights can help, as can getting outdoors as much as possible. But I think you do that anyway!

If it helps, winter Solstice arrives on December 21 in the mid-afternoon, signifying the change of the solar season. From that day--the shortest day of the year--on, we start going in the other direction, with each day getting a little bit longer. Spring will be here before you know it, and summer soon after that. Have hope!

Sending you a warm hug, friend, and wishes that the RA will be kind to you. Here's wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year.

Terry said...

Hello Wren, sorry to hear that Mr Wren has it too. I have wondered about the light boxes they talk about. Sounds odd to me that they would work but they are supposed to. I have been thinking about the days starting to lengthen back out in 10 days. Its more psychological but it does help a bit. Thanks for the hug! Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy (and safe) New Year my friend.

Sassy Remley said...

I cant wait to see what kind of pics you get with the drone.

We are still having warmer than normal weather up here in N/W Oregon, and not as much rain as normal too. however with all this good weather I still have'nt been able to get out much due to hubbys working 6 days a week, and one day a week at my brothers working on our Bronco.

Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas & New Year.

I will be posting my favorite shots of 2015 first week of January, so watch my blog.