I had a slightly early Spring/ really late is Winter over yet celebration with friends this weekend and went to a butterfly conservatory. It was a beautiful place, and totally distracting, somewhere between a photographer’s dream and nightmare.
I’m still trying to identify these species so if you know what they are please give a shout! I’d like to know names beside those fast little suckers, the bright ones that like to pose and the I looked up species common to conservatories and found a few names but not all.
Since it’s the first day of Spring (well, night already now) it seemed worth mentioning what the Vernal Equinox is. (Other than the day we tentatively take our scrapers out of the car and put them in the trunk as we hope to start the progressions towards more sun and less shoveling in the Northern Hemisphere.)
The word equinox comes from the Latin for equal and night, so we tend to say it’s the date where day and night are the same length. The way our atmosphere bends light makes the day appear a little longer than the sun is over the horizon.
An equinox is when the Earth’s equator faces the sun directly, rather than at an angle. So speaking of equality, it’s also the only time when the North and South Hemispheres get equal amounts of light. Makes sense when you think about it, the Earth is facing the Sun head on.
I’ll point you over to EarthSky for more in depth information and explanation!