The heat has been on for a week or two. Leaves are falling from the trees. Woodburning fires scent the crisp air. Apples are plentiful and the squirrels are busy hiding walnuts for the colder days ahead. Yesterday the Autumnal Equinox arrived, making the fall season official.
I don’t think I could be happy living in an area where all four seasons were not a common occurence. Looking forward to each change is somehow invigorating. Even though it is now necessary to wear a jacket when taking the dog outside in both the morning and evening, I welcome the change. Knowing that gloves, hats, scarves and boots are soon to appear won’t change my feelings about our ever changing climate.
Twice a year, the sun crosses the celestial equator, moving from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere, or vice versa. These two crossings are very important for us on Earth because they mark the change in the direction of the sun’s rays as they fall on Earth.
This past Sunday, September 22, the sun moved from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere. It passed overhead everywhere along the Earth’s equator on that date, and the sun rose exactly in the east and set exactly in the west. Day and night will also be of roughly equal length. (“Equinox” is derived from the Latin for “equal night.”) And so Fall has begun in the Northern Hemisphere where I live.
Numerous photographs I took of a flower/leaf metal planter on our front porch have rested in my ‘seasonal’ folder of photographs. The planter is a light green, the green of a patina (or verdigris) tarnish that forms on the surface of copper, bronze and other similar metals. Patinas are commonly produced by oxidation or other chemical processes through age and exposure. Patinas can provide a protective layer to materials that would otherwise be damaged by corrosion or weathering. I have always found patina aesthetically appealing. I am not sure of the metal or surface color of my planter. It does resemble patina. In any event, it caught my eye at the Salvation Army thrift shop, and has happily held plants through changing seasons for a number of years.
Yesterday also marks the first day I actually sat at my new (old) drafting table and worked. My collage is a homage to the Autumnal Equinox. Falling leaves, now more brown than green, fall flowers in rich, dark hues, and an atmosphere in a constant state of flux, or change. Bring it on!