This is a blog about the pursuits of Naturalist Alan Russo to incorporate all things Natural, especially Plants, into his daily life. Living close to Nature has always been a passion of mine and I try, with natures help, to live a Healthy lifestyle for myself and for the Earth.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Happy Spring

Vernal Equinox 
This evening, at 7:21pm EDT, the Sun crosses the celestial equator on it's trip north towards the Tropic of Cancer, marking the Vernal Equinox or first day of Spring. Today, the Sun rises due East and sets due West causing night and day to have equal (Equinox) lengths. Of course, in reality, this would only happen if there were no Atmosphere on Earth to scatter light, so the length of day and night visually differ slightly. From this point on, our days get longer by approximately two minuets per day. The Sun will stop it's Northern trek at the Tropic of Cancer, where we will have the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere marking the Summer Solstice, than, start to head south again on the first day of Summer making the days shorter.
 This may be more Astronomical then Ethnobotanical but everything is connected. As the length of day and the angle of insolation increases, the days get longer and warmer, triggering plants and animals to awaken and start there often ephemeral lives. In turn, we as humans, get more of the things we need to survive. Be Equal

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