meaning "equal night".
It happens when the sun shines directly on the Earth's equator,
providing equal amounts of day and night time
to both the Northern and Southern hemispheres.
From March onward, the days will get longer until the summer soltice in June.
At this time of the year, there are many beautiful flowers which could represent
the first day of spring.
Down by the lake recently, I saw the first Magnolia tree starting to bloom.
These particular flowers are particularly vibrant in colour
they quite take my breath away!
As the petals open to reveal the stamens, the petals become paler
and have this wonderful transparency about them.
These opening buds were on the lakeside and got more sun.
On the other side, the buds were still quite closed.
I hope you are enjoying spring wherever you are.
Happy first day of spring to everyone who comes my way!
I just learned, from a fellow photographer, that the lovely yellow blossom above
is called Spiked Winterhazel or Corylopsis spicata!