Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Spring Equinox

"Spring Blossoms"
(Clockwise from top left: Shiro Plum,
Oregon Grape, Almond, Daisy, Violet)

Happy Spring Equinox. Today at 12:07am
GMT the earth was oriented, due to its tilt on its axis, in such a way that the sun appears directly over the equator. This orientation occurs on two days each year, resulting in an equal length day and night everywhere on earth. These days are known as the
spring (vernal, March, northward, Pisces, or first point of Aries) and fall (autumnal, September, southward, Virgo, or first point of Libra) equinoxes (equal, night).

In the northern hemisphere we celebrate the March equinox as the first day of
spring and typically, enjoy lengthening days, warmer temperatures (although this morning we had frost), greening and blooming of plants, and the return of insects and birds.

The brothers enjoy the warm sun.

Uschi poses near a

Tall Oregon-Grape (Mahonia aquifolium).

Ferdinand sniffs

then investigates closer,

while Tanji poses near

a Shiro Plum (Prunus salicina 'Shiro' - yellow fruit).


Tanji stalks, and

Uschi poses in the tall green grass.


Uschi examines daisies (Erigeron decumbens) under

an "Asian Pear" tree (Pyrus pryifolia).

Spring has sprung!

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LZ said...

What a beautiful painting! And of course incredible photos. You really are gorgeous gorgeous cats and you have the best adventures. Spring has not sprung around here.


Daisy said...

I am very glad I met you because these are some of the most beautiful and interesting pictures I have seen. I love the last picture where the leashes get crossed. Also, I must tell you that the daisy is my favorite flower!

Unknown said...

We are very glad to meet you, too!!! You very, very pretty kitties! You look like you are having a blast outside! Come visit us some time!
Us, Meezers

MaoMao said...

Wowie, you are absolutely gorgeous kitties! I'm so happy to meet you. I saw the link to your bloggie at Skeezix's place!

HRH Yao-Lin said...

mm bengals are truely magnificent looking cats!

You look so stunning against the natural greenery.

The Meezers or Billy said...

oooooo look how gorgeous you bof are!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Spring!!
You two are so cool!! I love your spots :-)