Vernal Equinox

There’s a lot happening today, a solar eclipse for parts of the earth, the moon is at its perigee causing what’s known as a Supermoon, even though it’s a New Moon, and in the Northern Hemisphere it’s the Vernal Equinox, signaling the first day of Spring.

Down here in the Everglades I decided to take advantage of the dark skies and get out early in the morning to photograph Scorpio and the Milky Way while they can best be seen. Turning towards the North I made an image of the star wheel turning around the North Star.

Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power; Not one is missing. -Isaiah 40:26

Scorpio and the Milky Way dominate the Southern sky in the Florida Everglades around the time of the Vernal Equinox


The starwheel does its dance around the North Star as seen from the Florida Everglades


When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of Him, And the son of man that You visit him? Psalm 8:3a

I made these images along a dirt road near the Gator Hook Strand in the Everglades. I was out there most of the early morning. Having all that time alone beneath the heavens I can’t help but ponder life and the universe. I quietly rejoice that the Maker of the stars also knows me by name.


16 thoughts on “Vernal Equinox

  1. Stargazing is my passion and I just loved these images ….

    I know how hard it’s to get images of night sky… and these are simply outstanding images, Russ 🙂

    Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

      • The best night sky view I ever had is from a hill top temple surrounded by forest.

        There was hardly any artificial light and it was a moonless night.

        It was in 2003 and we camped on the hill top after trekking for 4-5 hours…

        I still remember that night, it was magical 🙂

        Now a days, there is a hill top near my home and I used to drive and watch the heavenly bodies with child like curiosity 🙂

        Some time I used to take my daughter too 🙂

      • That’s great, I think it’s so important for us to have night skies without light pollution. It’s important for the human spirit. Here we have to contend with Naples and Miami, but as far as Florida goes, the Everglades has the best night sky.

  2. Glorious shots of the starry skies. When I lived in the outback there was no light pollution and the clear night skies were very beautiful. I could see so many more details on the moon. Thank you for reminding me of what the night skies should look like. 🙂

  3. Beautiful pictures – I love gazing up at the stars:) Pondering about the universe feels like it is beyond what we can understand, it almost makes my brain spin! What is beyond our galaxy, where does it begin and where does it end? Or can one even talk in those terms when is comes to the universe… probably not …

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