Monday, September 24, 2012

Ode to the Autumnal Equinox

The Autumnal Equinox in the northern hemisphere occurs when night and day are nearly the same length of 12 hours each.  This happens the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator (declination 0) moving from north to south.  The date could be anytime from the 22nd through the 24th of September, marking the first day of the season of autumn.  Equinox derives from the Latin meaning 'equal night'.

By all these lovely tokens September days are here
with summers best of weather
And Autumns best of cheer. 
                                                                     Helen Hunt Jackson, 1830-1885, American Writer

Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and Plum Island Sound Estuary 

 love you Dad

Birds get restless while humans hunker down...
Farewell Summer.  You were a Beauty!

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