An equinox is the day when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal. There are only two per year. The equinox in September is also known as the autumnal (fall) equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, and is considered the first day of autumn.
For the past couple of weeks, I have observed nights beginning to draw in, mornings beginning shrouded in mist and the subtle turning of leaves to brown, amber and other warm colors of autumn.
I love this time of year and look forward to making our home cosy and warm, and turning inward to find the light within. I bought a gorgeous bunch of end of summer flowers and we had a supper to welcome autumn of sausages, mashed sweet potatoes, haricot verts and onion gravy. The lingering evening light came in through our living room window. but in a few short weeks, all of our suppers will be candlelit.
On my walk home from the gym yesterday, I noticed dozens of jackdaws and crows riding the updrafts in a certain spot. By the time I fetched my camera and returned, they had flown elsewhere. It was a place where the wind took turns arriving from the south, west and north bringing different air currents, temperatures and cloud formations. I felt as though I was right in the middle of where things are changing.
This tree who has shed most of its leaves seems to be holding the balance between the seasons, just for a moment.
Like the trees, like nature, I try to find the grace to be with each passing moment and season. To find equanimity and hold the balance in the midst of change.