Spring Equinox

Vernal equinox dawn, with Venus in attendance...

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By Bob Peterson from North Palm Beach, Florida, Planet Earth! (Vernal Equinox Dawn) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Vernal equinox dawn, with Venus in attendance…
20 March 2014, 06:55
Source: Vernal Equinox Dawn

 

Earth shifts

Dawn breaks

Winter’s spell dispelled

Equal parts of day and night

A mesmerizing astronomical delight

As budding life grows

My sense of time

Momentarily slows

Past and present fuse

And my half-forgotten

Childhood wonder

Of vernal splendor

Returns to me again.

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Hello Spring!

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

 

Chital (Axis axis) stag attempting to browse on a misty morning in Nagarhole National Park

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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

 

Forest in Shiratani Unsui Gorge, Yakushima, Kagoshima Pref., Japan.

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By Σ64 (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Forest in Shiratani Unsui Gorge, Yakushima, Kagoshima Pref., Japan.
6 March 2012

 

 Drimmie evening Just after the Spring Equinox.

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Laurence Davies [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Drimmie evening Just after the Spring Equinox.
25 March 2007
Source: From geograph.org.uk

 

The Atacama Dry lake, in Chile. At the horizon, the Licancabur volcano.

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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

 

California Wildflowers

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By Rennett Stowe from USA (California WildflowersUploaded by russavia) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
California Wildflowers
24 March 2009, 13:23
Source: California Wildflowers

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Sunday Tranquility

plum blossoms in spring

plum blossoms close-up

 

Warm sun

Cool breeze

No cares

The scent of plum blossoms

Fills the air

Beautiful Sunday morning bliss

I live

For moments

Like this.

 

 

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! :)

 

WordPress "Happy Anniversary" graphic

 

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Remembering Past Battles

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).

medieval knight portrait

This illustration began as the following pencil sketch:

medieval knigh portrait - pencil sketch

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An Unexpected Delay and A Story of Doggy Devotion

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.

 

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A Tale of Two Trees

  Two apple trees, frozen by a snow storm that occurred on the night of February 16, 2006.

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By Jake N. under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic license via Wikimedia Commons
Two apple trees, frozen by a snow storm that occurred on the night of February 16, 2006.

 

Nearly dead

We live

On the remembered warmth

Of past seasons

Restlessly waiting

In winter’s white stillness

For the return

Of green renewal

When we will thrive

In the growing light

Once more

And hear

The nightingales’ evening songs

As we did together

Many springs before.

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Signs of Spring

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! :)

Spring Thaw

Footpath to Bushbury Hill Spring snow thawing in the early morning sunshine.

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John M [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Footpath to Bushbury Hill Spring snow thawing in the early morning sunshine.
6 April 2008
Source: From geograph.org.uk

 

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.

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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

 

 Banner Peak past Island Pass lake at 3120m, spring snow meltout. Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sierra Nevada USA.

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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

flower buds breaking through snow

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By Danilo Tic from Slovenska Bistrica, Slovenia (2-dan028Uploaded by sporti) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
1 April 2012, 14:39
Source: 2-dan028

 

Crocus emerging through slow in a garden at Woolhampton, Berkshire

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Pam Brophy [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Crocus emerging through slow in a garden at Woolhampton, Berkshire
8 February 2007
Source: From geograph.org.uk

 

snowdrop flowers in the snow

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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

 

Snow Covered Spring Daffodil Flowers

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Snow Covered Spring Daffodil Flowers
26 December 2010
Source: http://www.forestwander.com/2010/12/snow-covered-daffodil-flowers/

 

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