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Today Marks the Autumnal Equinox

If you live in the northern hemisphere, September 23rd is this year's autumnal or fall equinox. For those in the southern hemisphere, it marks the spring or vernal equinox. So, this means that the sun has now crossed the celestial equator (timeanddate.com).

For us here in the northern hemisphere, especially in the northernmost areas, our daylight is getting shorter each day. The leaves are beginning to turn lovely shades of gold, orange and red. Harvest is abundant with apples, corn, and winter squashes.

We prepare for our winter months, and the darkness that falls upon us quickly now. And some of us look forward to December 22nd this year for the winter solstice, when we can count on the daylight hours getting longer.

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lexiconlover wrote on September 23, 2015, 1:16 PM

Take pictures of the fall foliage for me. I do miss my PNW falls sometimes.

CoralLevang wrote on September 23, 2015, 1:18 PM

We don't get the foliage like they do north of you....not with all the evergreens.

MegL wrote on September 23, 2015, 1:20 PM

I always look forward to Dec 22. At least I know that the days have turned again, even if the amount of time is too small for me to notice right away. emoticon :grin:

Rufuszen wrote on September 23, 2015, 1:22 PM

I have already celebrated longer nights by going out for some off roading in the dark. I had an issue with the camera, but will be writing about my next night time pedalling if I get it to work.

lexiconlover wrote on September 23, 2015, 1:32 PM

Portland was actually one of my favorite places during the fall. All the trees ETC. But alas we have palm trees here, that don't lend themselves to fall colors. :P

markgraham wrote on September 23, 2015, 2:29 PM

I really love this time of year with the changing of the leaves and then the snow. When I am of a more advanced age I do want to move back North and experience the leaves changing colors and even the snow before I die. That is how much I like these two seasons.

CoralLevang wrote on September 23, 2015, 2:31 PM

I hear you. But go up north a few miles, and you should find them.

lexiconlover wrote on September 23, 2015, 2:40 PM

I know I can find them in GA, and I'm sure a little bit North I'd find plenty of them. Maybe the next road trip I plan.

CoralLevang wrote on September 23, 2015, 3:55 PM

I would love going on the road trip with you, and wish we were closer in miles.

CoralLevang wrote on September 23, 2015, 3:55 PM

I feel exactly the same way MegL .

wolfgirl569 wrote on September 23, 2015, 6:34 PM

That is what I have been looking forward to since the days started shortening. I get so tired of winter so quickly

DWDavisRSL wrote on September 23, 2015, 8:24 PM

I love everything about autumn except for the shorter days. It is no wonder to me that civilizations of the ancient past celebrated the day when the sun arrived directly over the Tropic of Capricorn and began to move back toward the equator.

CoralLevang wrote on September 24, 2015, 1:07 AM

I like early autumn. Late autumn, not so much.

jiangliu1949 wrote on September 24, 2015, 3:54 AM

They say this day the sunlight vertically irradiates the equator with no polar night and polar day on earth .

CoralLevang wrote on September 24, 2015, 4:03 AM

I wish that I understood all of the phenomenon/science behind it, but I suppose I didn't pay enough attention during those classes. emoticon :winking:

AliCanary wrote on September 26, 2015, 1:06 PM

Ah, the equinox, with 12 equal hours of day and night. I'll have to start getting up earlier now if I want a longer day emoticon :winking: