Florida painter, Everglades, Marco Island, artist Jo-Ann Sanborn

9/22/08

Autumn Equinox, Brilliant Morning daily painting by JoAnn Sanborn

Today is the Autumnal Equinox, and the official start of fall begins 11:44 a.m. this morning. This is one of two days a year when the sun crosses the equator and night and day are exactly the same length. The sun will not cross the equator at this exact same point for another 26,000 years! This is because the sun is rotating like a top, wobbling a little, and also rotating around the sun. Simplified, at certain times of the year the northern hemisphere is away from the sun, and cooler, and certain times the southern hemisphere is nearer the sun, and warmer. Celebrations of the equinox have existed in many cultures and have many forms, but are usually centered on the completion of the harvest and preparation for winter. If you are interested in the history and religious aspects of the Equinox you can find more information here.

Here on Marco this movement of the earth will mean a gradual decrease in high temperature and rain. We'll dry off and cool down in preparation for the the Winter Solstice in December. In the meantime our mornings will be brilliant with sunshine.

Brilliant Morning
7" x 5"
acrylic on board
$150 with free shipping and handling in the US

2 comments:

Kathy said...

I love the meandering water...and imagine its beginning was at the Gulf in the morning's rays of sunshine! I can't wait to return to the warm Florida sun.

Anonymous said...

oh, i just adore that glacial blue next to that toasty amber...beautiful combination for the equinox...should i put on a sweater or a bathing suit!?

peace, TARA

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