At 0820 GMT the northern hemisphere had it's autumnal equinox and the opposite was true for the southern hemisphere. What does that mean? In Latin, the literal translation of equinox means equal night. So although I have been feeling it for some time the nights are now officially going to be longer than the days and the meteorologists say that we are officially in autumn. The scientific reasoning in my crude understanding is all to do with the tilt of the earth in relation to the sun. And that today neither south nor north pole are tilted towards the sun, hence we are in an equinox. From tomorrow, we in the northern hemisphere are titled away from the sun and our nights become longer and the temperature will drop.
Today therefore I decided to take a stroll through the Oxfordshire countryside and experience this first day of autumn for myself. There was a slight chill in the air but it was dry and the sun crept out occasionally. Let me take you for a walk in my neck of the woods...
|I prefer the rectangular hay bales but this was a cheery sight today|
|He popped his out as I approached|
|Virginia creeper is changing colour already|
|Such an autumnal colour|
|Typically English country signage|
|Oxfordshire's rolling countryside|
|Still colour to be found|
|Love some of the architecture to be |
found in our villages
♥ Enjoy the equinox wherever you are in the world ♥