Winter’s spell dispelled
Equal parts of day and night
A mesmerizing astronomical delight
As budding life grows
My sense of time
Past and present fuse
And my half-forgotten
Of vernal splendor
Returns to me again.
Spring is back in my part of the world, and I am enjoying it as much as I can. :) I hope you enjoy this week’s post featuring spring landscapes from around the world.
Before I go, I would like to leave you with some fun facts about the vernal equinox from EarthSky.org:
- At the equinox, Earth’s two hemispheres are receiving the sun’s rays equally. Night and day are approximately equal in length. The word equinox comes from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night). But since Earth never stops moving around the sun, these days of equal sunlight and night will change quickly.
- Is the equinox always on March 20? No. It can come on March 19, 20 or 21. But the equinox will be on March 20 for the coming four decades.
- For the remainder of the 21st century (2001-2100), the March equinox will fall on March 20 or 19. The next March 19 equinox will be in the year 2044.
- The equinox won’t happen on March 21 until the year 2102. The March equinox last took place on March 21 in 2007.
Source: “Everything you need to know: Vernal equinox 2015″ by Deborah Byrd – EarthSky.org
Axis axis (Nagarhole, 2010).jpg
By Yathin S Krishnappa (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Chital (Axis axis) stag attempting to browse on a misty morning in Nagarhole National Park
15 March 2010, 07:08:16
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By Francesco Mocellin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The Atacama Dry lake, in Chile. At the horizon, the Licancabur volcano.
13 April 2009
The scent of plum blossoms
Fills the air
Beautiful Sunday morning bliss
Today marks the third-year anniversary of my blog. It has been another great year of meeting interesting and talented people through WordPress. I have learned so much from you! :) I would like to thank everyone who has followed my blog and liked and commented on my posts over the past three years. I am a lot busier now than I was when I started this blog, but I hope to make it through another year of blogging. Thank you for your support! :)
Originally posted on Moonlight Gallery:
After many delays, I have finally finished this piece. This is the first of a four-part series on medieval knights. Since these illustrations require so much detail work and I can’t spend hours working on them in one sitting, I plan to release the illustrations one by one as I finish them. I will also be posting this as a “Work in Progress” project on my new Behance portfolio site (I will add my Behance portfolio link to this post soon).
This illustration began as the following pencil sketch:
My computer choked on this last set of 20+ Windows updates, and now it constantly freezes up. As a result, I will probably be delayed in getting back to people and posting more new material until I get this problem fixed. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this video I came across a few weeks ago about a stray dog who became the unofficial member of an endurance racing team.
On the remembered warmth
Of past seasons
In winter’s white stillness
For the return
Of green renewal
When we will thrive
In the growing light
The nightingales’ evening songs
As we did together
Many springs before.
It is that time of year again when the seasons shift from winter to spring in my part of the world. Although I was not happy about losing an hour of sleep because of Daylight Savings Time, I am looking forward to longer and warmer days. The official start of spring occurs next week! :)
Winter Reflections of Loch Muick – geograph.org.uk – 6903.jpg
phil smith [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Winter Reflections of Loch Muick. Taken from the source of the River Muick on the North shore of Loch Muick, Winter snow was beginning to thaw on a warm spring day.
1 March 2004
Source: From geograph.org.uk
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By DavetheMage (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Banner Peak past Island Pass lake at 3120m, spring snow meltout. Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sierra Nevada USA.
29 June 2010
Spring Flowers in Winter Snow
Flickr – Per Ola Wiberg ~ mostly away – snödroppar ~ snowdrops.jpg
By Per Ola Wiberg from Ekerö, Sweden (snödroppar ~ snowdrops) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons Winter hit us again and snow was covering all the springflowers….well the sun made the snow melt away pretty fast again.
23 March 2009, 00:06
Source: snödroppar ~ snowdrops