Autumnal Equinox

Today, 23 October 2011, is the autumnal equinox.  It is one of the two occasions in the year when day and night are approximately the same length, in fact the word equinox is derived from the latin for equal night.  It is the tipping point after which day begins to lose its domination over the night as the north pole begins to lean backwards away from the sun.  The actual moment that the earth was parallel to its orbit around the sun was at 10.04 BST so the moment has officially past, yep we missed it.

Autumn is mushroom season, this is due to warm soil and wet weather, perfect fungi conditions.  This picture shows a section of fairy ring growing on the tennis court lawn.  Apparently over 60 species grow in this way and they can be either extremely beneficial to the lawn or extremely detrimental.  Let’s hope it is the former.   This is not the only fungus that grows on the lawn and I’m afraid I can’t identify any of them.  I’m sure our fungus expert, Alex, can enlighten us.



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7 responses to “Autumnal Equinox

  1. Alan Bannister

    Just think. Less than nine months and the nights will start to draw in all over again. It’s being so positive that keeps this island race going!

  2. mum

    I enjoyed the gen but unfortunately there is no picture

  3. Denise

    But it’s only September…

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