Thursday, March 20, 2008

First Day of Spring.

I hope you're enjoying Spring, where you are. We are in Southern California.

Today is the first day of spring, the vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. The Earth is tilted on its axis, so as it travels around the Sun each pole is sometimes tilted towards the Sun and sometimes tilted away. It is this tilt that causes the seasons, as well as the shortening and lengthening of daylight hours.

On this day, the north and south poles are equally distant from the sun, so we will have almost exactly the same amount of daytime as nighttime.

Emily Dickinson said, "A little Madness in the Spring / Is wholesome even for the King."


lisa marie said...

I always get confused and think it's the 21st. Thanx for the reminder. :) Now I need to take my spring photos. :) And we're getting snow. :)

countrymouse said...

Love the Emily Dickenson quote : )

Hey--what kind of camera do you use? I always enjoy your photos.

Amy said...

I would kill to see sights like those today. Thanks for the ray of hope at least!

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