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Equinox Shadows

Poza Honda/Manabi/Ecuador –  I’m still a big baffled, here just south of the equator. The sun was still in the eastern sky at noon on the September Equinox. It reached ‘zenith’ around nine minutes past noon and began tipping into the western skies around 12 past noon.

“Amigos!” I called a few days later, when the sun repeated its high-noon stage fright. “Check your watches and help me understand why the sun is late for our noon date!” Jorge pulled out his fancy phone then gave everyone a mini-equinox lesson!

It’s easy to rationalize and say well, we’re not exactly on the equator or maybe all world clocks are running fast and should be re-calibrated with the sun!   It will be another six months before the next opportunity, but I plan to start measuring the sun’s shadow about a week early and follow it for another week past the equinox!

(The March 2018 Equinox was more tardy for the high-noon absence of shadow!)

11:57 March 20, 2018 – Equinox shadows – east is to the left; something’s not right!

Equinox Noon Smiles 2014 right on schedule!!

Many of you have surely seen (and hopefully read) the Scientists’ Second Notice to Humanity:  World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: Second Notice

It opens with this sentence: Twenty-five years ago, the Union of Concerned Scientists and more than 1700 independent scientists, including the majority of living Nobel laureates in the sciences, penned the 1992 “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity”

Using easy-to-understand graphs, they state,“On the twenty-fifth anniversary of their call, we look back at their warning and evaluate the human response by exploring available time-series data “ and then express their concerns. For the sake of a planet that’s obviously very unwell, please read the warning from these 15,364 scientists.

Thank you, and our fragile earth thanks you!

Whopping Motmot

The Endangered Gray-backed Hawk (Poza Honda/Ecuador)

Tomorrow is October Big Day! Spend ten minutes, one hour, four hours or all day enjoying our feathered friends. If possible, share your bird sightings with ebird.

Go here for ebird’s October Big Day info:    OCTOBER 6 – Oct. Big Day

All is going well; the Nomadas en Manabi show has one more month at Museo Portoviejo, then “Lisa Brunetti-a Journey” will open on November 15th. There’s lots to do between now and then, so I will remain quite silent.

Thanks as always for your support!

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