It's time again, the Vernal Equinox, my favorite equinox! The time of year, when the sun crosses the celestial equator and officially starts spring! This year, the Vernal Equinox occurs at 5:14am on March 20th Universal Time--which means here in Nevada, the Vernal Equinox will actually occur today, March 19 at 10:14 pm. It’ll only be at 10:14 pm on the U.S. west coast. It'll be at 7:14 pm on March 19 in Hawaii and at 1:14 am March 20 on the U.S. east coast. One event, across all the timezones, bringing the spring equinox to all of us around the world!
What's even better is that I already saw my first blooming violets of the season! I saw them on Saturday the 16th of March. I was keeping an eye out for them and I had been seeing the green plants, but no flowers. Then on Saturday we took the kids out for a hike and when we were hiking out I kept seeing the green plants, but no flowers then on our way back we took a bit of a different route and there little Great Basin Violets all over the place. Beautiful, little, purple jewels in the otherwise still brown landscape.
I love watching the flowers slowly showing us their bright faces. Soon we should be seeing buttercups and then, soon after, the flowers will start going crazy. I should go up into the hills soon and see if any of the snow plants are starting to peak out, they usually take a bit longer since they tend to be higher up in elevation where there is a lot more snow.
Happy Vernal Equinox!