Friday, September 22, 2017

Autumn Equinox!

"The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished."

― Ming-Dao Deng

The Autumn Equinox in Northern Hemisphere will be at 3:02 PM today. In Wisconsin it presently feels more like July. We'll likely beat a heat record set in 1937 with a foretasted high of 90 degrees Fahrenheit with a heat index approaching 100. Steady southeast winds have somewhat stalled bird migration, so I haven't been birding before or after work the past several days.

The above image is a young moon I photographed late last evening as it set in the west. While looking through the viewfinder I could see small flocks of American Robins flying south. This weekend's weather is going to be unseasonably warm, but I'll try to collecting something to blog about. This will probably be the last weekend I scour the creek corridor for migratory warblers, vireos, and flycatchers, as sparrows are beginning to arrive at the prairie.

And then winter.

© 2017 Mike McDowell

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