Friday, March 20, 2009

Vernal equinox, adapting and pop-up brewery

Photo by David Emery

- Enjoying that today is the Vernal Equinox and the first day of spring. A newspaper article has an interview with astronomer Randy Attwood and asks, "Does the fact that the equinox occurred at 7:44 a.m. have any significance?" Attwood: "It's the exact time when the sun is directly over the equator, but it's not like you can go outside at that time and notice anything. It's like one of those really useless sports statistics, like the number of goalies who have red hair." I always think of it as the day that one can balance a raw egg on end, but apparently that is an urban myth.

- Watching the two Cardinals who have been hanging out in my backyard observing all the comings and goings. They come back every year to build their nest. The condominium complex landscapers cut down their favorite tree, but they have adapted and are working on another nest in a new spot.

- Always looking forward to seeing the Sweetwater Pale Ale brewery emerge like something out of pop-up book while driving down I-85 south in the dark. There is a spot in which the road dips just enough so you catch a glimpse of the brightly colored building with its 420 painted in huge letters.


Jannie Funster said...

Glad the cardinals could relocate.

We have quite a few around here. They are my happiest of birds.

And something like a loon (but obviously not,) or a whipoorwill that is now singing (crying?) every morning at 5:00 as they have done every spring since I lived here.

Lynn said...

I love them, too. And am so happy that they come back every year. My birdfeeder is getting a lot of action from the chickadees right now.

G. B. Miller said...

The cardinals sort of remind me of me.

They observe what's going on around them, take whatever detour is thrown in their way, then continue on with their lives.

Lynn said...

Not a bad way to be, G! I'm kind of like that, too.