The Autumn Equinox, also known as the September Equinox, marks the end of summer and start of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. The equinox does not have a fixed date and instead falls on one of four days between September 21 and September 24. On the equinox, night and day are nearly exactly the same length, that is about 12 hours – all over the world. This is the reason it’s called an “equinox,” derived from Latin, meaning “equal night.”
At a precise moment each September (on the 21st, 22nd or 23rd), the sun appears directly above the equator, marking the exact time of the autumnal equinox here in the Northern Hemisphere. The summer this year has been one of the warmest on record and will probably last well pass the Equinox.
Although we can say goodbye to our long summer on Saturday, September 22, it is unlikely that cooler temperatures will emerge straightaway. All around us, trees and plants are beginning to signal the ending of this year’s cycle of growth. Crisp leaves, apple picking, hayrides, and pumpkin patches are all signs that indicate a change of seasons. The long hot days of summer start to dwindle, as the cooler, crisp air of fall begins to settle in. So let us go outside when there is sunset or sunrise and enjoy this wonderful gift of nature.
Here is a great quote from Shakespeare capturing this special season:
That time of year thou mayst in me behold.
When yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang.
Upon those boughs which shake against the cold
Bare ruined choirs where late the sweet birds sang.
I hope you enjoy viewing these art works I created to celebrate Autumn Equinox as we welcome first day of Autumn: