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Vernal Equinox 2020

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Well, Spring has finally sprung and not a moment too soon. I’m sitting in my Adirondack chair, with my bare feet on the ground, watching the sunset through the limbs of my Hackberry tree. Yes, I have short feet. Shut up. (All photos are my personal collection. ©)

Grounding Image One
Grounding with Mother Earth on the Vernal Equinox

According to the Farmers’ Almanac 1818, this is the earliest First Day of Spring in 124 years. Yahoo! Maybe some warm, beautiful weather will offset the corona beer virus and this needless, manufactured hysteria that has appeared with it.

Japanese Maple Image Two
Japanese Maple waking up.
Hackberry in the background.

I did a Vernal Equinox post last year when it coincided with the Full Worm Moon. In our area, it was as high as 80° and I was out in it. My buddy Ray had some errands to run so, off we went to the county north of us. Once the errands were completed, we headed to downtown Roxboro for lunch & a minor visit to their museum (pictures coming tomorrow).

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Lunch at the museum with a view of the flag.

From Farmers’ Almanac 1818:

[Spring] will occur at 11:50 p.m. EDT for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere […]. Traditionally, we celebrate the first day of spring on March 21 but, astronomers and calendar manufacturers, alike, now say that the spring season starts on March 20th, in all time zones in North America. And, in 2020, it’s even a day earlier than that…something that hasn’t happened since 1896.

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Happy Narcissus in my side yard.

There are a few reasons why seasonal dates can vary from year to year. The first is that a year is not an even number of days and neither are the seasons. Another reason is that the earth’s elliptical orbit is changing its orientation (skew), which causes the earth’s axis to constantly point in a different direction, called precession. Since the seasons are defined as beginning at strict 90-degree intervals, these positional changes affect the time the earth reaches each 90-degree location in its orbit around the sun. The pull of gravity from the other planets also affects the location of the earth in its orbit.

Cheers! ~Vic

Additional Interesting Reading:
First Day of Spring (The Old Farmer’s Almanac 1792)

Foto Friday: Ice Storm 2014

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Since we are in the 90s+, here are some pix of cooler weather. We got a lot of these things back in the 70s when I was a kid. They are a little more rare, now. ~Vic

Ice On My Car Image One
Ice all bunched up on the back of my, then, 2010 Chevy Cobalt.
03-07-2014
Sugar Maple Image Two
Sugar Maple encased in ice.
Maple Tree Image Three
Ice branches.
Narcissus in the process of blooming. They don’t care.
Icy Bushes Image Four
Icy bushes.

Feel cooler, now?

Shutterbug Saturday: Signs of Spring & More Artistes

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Grabbed a few more graffiti shots and, enjoyed the newest and littlest Spring offerings. All photos are my personal collection. ~Vic

Graffiti Image One
Random decorations.
I can see an eye shooting out beams of light, sort of?
03-24-2019
Graffiti Image Two
Different language?
It looks like it was drawn over a money bag.
Graffiti Image Three
Winter tree with a red heart?
Graffiti Image Four
There is pain.
There was love.
Probably not a Trump fan.
Graffiti Image Five
Anarchy, choice, voodoo and I hate walls.
Graffiti Image Six
Japanese beetle?
June bug?
Why it’s on the fence, I don’t know.
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My yard is full of these wild violets.
03-17-2019
Small Flowers Image Eight
I wish I knew what these were.
They are all over the local dog park.
03-23-2019
Small Flowers Image Nine
The bees love them.
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Narcissus near the side door.
03-24-2019
Small Flowers Image Eleven
On the Riverwalk, hugging the sewer access.
03-30-2019
Small Flowers Image Twelve
So cute.
So tiny.
Everywhere.
I wish I knew what they were.