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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Pic(k) of the Week: Clouds on the hills

Clouds on the hills (02)

Autumn begins today in the Northern Hemisphere. On the U.S. East Coast, that'll be at 9:54 tonight.
The autumnal equinox—also called the September or fall equinox—is the astronomical start of fall in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern Hemisphere.

Why is it called an equinox? The word comes from the Latin aequus, meaning “equal” and nox, meaning “night.”

During the equinox, the Sun crosses what we call the “celestial equator.” Imagine a line that marks the equator on Earth extending up into the sky above the equator from north to south. Earth’s two hemispheres receive the Sun’s rays about equally. The Sun is overhead at noon as seen from the equator, so at this point, the amount of nighttime and daytime (sunlight) are roughly equal to each other.
The Old Farmer's Almanac

As to the photo: late summer clouds were feeling the changing season, hanging low over the hills in Blue Ridge, Georgia, on 8 September 2018. I took the photo. panning from a moving car...but from the passenger side.

Summer ends; autumn begins; winter looms.

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  • In related news: today, 22 September 2018, also marks the start of Oktoberfest. The world's largest beer festival begins today, in the city of Munich, in Bavaria, Germany, at 12 noon there (which is 6 am on the U.S. East Coast) and continues for 16 days through and including Sunday, 7 October.
  • The Vernal Equinox —today's annual opposite— and spring's onset will not occur until 20 March 2019.

  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of photos taken (or noted) by me, posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always (as is the case today), with a good fermentable as the subject.
  • See the photo on Flickr: here.
  • Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1. Lens: Olympus M. 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R.
  • Settings: 24 mm | 1/1000 | ISO 200 | f/11
  • Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.

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