"On the Spring Equinox the Sun rises exactly in the east travels through the sky for 12 hours and sets exactly in the west. On the Equinox this is the motion of the Sun through the sky for everyone on earth. Every place on earth experiences a 12 hours day twice a year on the Spring and Fall Equinox."
--Univ of Montana
Officially, the Vernal Equinox begins today at 4:32 PM on the West Coast (1:32 PM EST).
For us in San Mateo County, cloudy weather in the forecast for two more days. Feels cool after yesterday's temperature in the high 80's. But soon, warm, sunny days will be the norm. The valleys are green and inviting; wild mushrooms are gone but wild flowers are coming out. It is the season to be out, to tend to gardens, to hike and run on the trails. Ah, Spring. Make the most of it.
"One thing I remember
Spring came on forever,
Spring came on forever,"
Said the Chinese Nightingale.
--Vachel Linday, "The Chinese Nightingale"
Violet Lupines alongside Hwy 35, near Sawyer Trail
Mallows at Sweeney Ridge
Distant view of Golden Gate Bridge from Sweeney Ridge
Field of Mustard Greens near Skyline College, Pacifica
Seaside Daisys near Rockaway Beach
Footstep of Spring (Sanicula arctopoides) near Rockaway Beach
Daffodils at Arastradero Preserve
Johnny Jump Ups at Russian Ridge
Common Eucrypta at Russian Ridge