Vernal Equinox Marks Beginning of Spring

| 3/20/2009 7:59:00 AM

Hank Will and Mulefoot piglet.This year’s vernal equinox came and went while I was driving to work this morning. In fact, I was just passing the Carbondale, Kansas exit on U.S. 75 when the clock hit 6:44 AM CT… the official Vernal Equinox time for the Northern Hemisphere. Although I didn’t witness it, what really happened is that the sun was, for a split second, shining directly over the equator somewhere. And for those many of us who care, it is now officially spring.

Most folks think that the vernal equinox is a time when day and night are of equal lengths. And they are mostly right, but actual day length depends on where on earth you are located and in actuality the true period of equal day and night length occurs before the vernal equinox … but hey, when it comes to seasonal changes, who really cares about that kind of precision.

Boss Dun Highland Cow

I look forward to the vernal equinox each year because it tells me that winter is passing. I was raised, and lived most of my life in places far more northerly than Kansas, so getting on with spring was a relief I anticipated for months.

Hackberries Are Good Eating

As I walked the farm last evening, thinking about the impending vernal equinox, I couldn’t help but marvel at the new life all around me. From the cool-season grasses to the meadow daisies to the clovers, I could see that the prairie was coming back to life. Songbirds, birds of prey, wild turkey and bobwhite seemed to be celebrating. Even some of the most cautious of trees couldn’t help but pump enough sap create a glorious bud swell; the more optimistic species have already popped tender young leaves.

Paul Gardener
3/23/2009 5:41:20 PM

Hi Hank, I just have to say, I always get a smile every time you put up pictures of those beautiful longhaired cattle of yours. I dunno what it is, they just make me smile :) Hope you and yours have a wonderful spring! Paul~