Here Comes Fall

    September 22 is the official start of fall. What does this mean exactly though? What makes a season start and end?

    Well fall and spring are known as autumnal equinox and vernal equinox. When you hear “equinox” it helps to think equal. In this case, equal day and equal night. The other “equa-” reference is to think of the Equator or 0* Latitude. The Equator comes into play because that is where the sun is and crossing over to start the next season. Between September to March, the sun is below the Equator. From March to September, the sun is above the equator. This is one of many amazing celestial dances. 

    The quick takeaway of TLDR : Autumnal Equinox

    • Sun is at the Equator during equinox
    • The sun is moving towards the South Pole.
    • Equinox is an equal day (12 hours) and equal (night 12 hours)
    • December 21, the sun starts moving back towards the North Pole
    • The only state in the United States that the sun is ever directly overhead is Hawaii
    A new season begins…
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    Silk Moth

    When I came in the other night, I was met by a giant moth on my front porch. Few of these actually reach maturity. At over six inches as a caterpillar…

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    One of my favorite parts of this time of year is that all the hummingbirds begin to migrate up this way. These little high-performance fighter jets of the bird world have…

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    Ahh Spring!

    Having seasons is nice. One change leads to another and each one is new and exciting with those changes; winter and fresh snow, fall and the larch trees changing to vibrant…

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    Return of the Blog?

    I have been on a hiatus from this project for awhile as I worked on other projects related to flight, video, and pictures. While I have been away though, I have…

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    Inversion in the Morning

    [KGVID]http://montananatureblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/img_3545.mov[/KGVID]   Inversions happen when warm air sits on top of cooler air and traps it. Sounds travel further, trapped air holds smoke lower, and even light acts differently. When it…