Day 292 of 365 Days Wild was the Spring Equinox.
The Spring (Vernal) Equinox is one of two points of the year when the sun is directly above the Equator and day and night are of almost equal length. Here in the Northern Hemisphere it happens in March, whilst the Autumn Equinox occurs in September. In the Southern Hemisphere the two are the opposite way around.
It is also the first day of astronomical Spring.
Symbolically the Spring Equinox, which is also known as Ostara, is a time of balance between darkness and light. It is a time of new life and rebirth, of fertility and abundance. Flowers are now starting to bloom, particularly the bright daffodils that can be seen as representative of the strengthening sun. Hares, ancient symbols of fertility, can be seen boxing in fields and leaping in chase as they seek out mates.
In celebration of the festival I decided to create some Equinox artwork, featuring daffodils and a leaping hare.
Most of the day was dull and overcast but as the sun neared the horizon the clouds broke apart. What followed was the most beautiful sunset that I’ve seen in a while – and I watch a lot of sunsets.
Happy Equinox everyone.