Equinox Month

September is the month of the equinox, half way between the longest day of summer solstice and the longest night of the winter solstice. In 3 months time we travel one quarter the way around our sun, or about 146 million miles! The equinox brings equal day and night, a precursor to the winter season, when the northern hemisphere is tilted away from the sun during daylight, and toward the frigid abyss of space beyond our solar system at night.

There are many signs of fall, one of my favorites is the arrival of the swans in these parts. They gather here from the north for a last chance to rest, feed, and ready for their continued journey south.

A single pair of Trumpeter swans arrived a week or so ago. They are unusually white, and not tinted with the minerals of the marshes typical to Alaska. As such they are so starkly bright that they have been a challenge to photograph. I have many a washed out swan photo with underexposed surroundings.

Yesterday the light cooperated starting with the sunrise.

IMGP6681 a Sunrise at Potter Marsh

After a time I found the swans and they cooperated also, and here is a sequence from that time.

IMGP6689 a Trumpeter Swans

IMGP6690 a

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22 Responses to Equinox Month

  1. Babblelot says:

    Magnificent sunrise and the mirror on the waters. I can tell how whiter than white those swans are, even in the perfect light. Those must be seeds and not foam bubbles on the water. Thankyou for such an informative post,once again.

  2. Sheila says:

    Oh it looks as though he is shielding and taking her under his wing to protect her for the evening.  Great series!
    This is my favorite time of year and I can\’t tell you how thrilled I was this morning when taking the dogs for a walk that there was an actual crispness to the air.
    It won\’t be long now, before the sweaters and jackets are pulled out for us!
    hugs hugs from a recovering runner (snicker)

  3. JoAnn says:

    Thanks, Steve, for a beautiful sunrise.  Reminds me of an ol\’ Les Paul/Mary Ford song – Waiting for the Sunrise.  The swans are gorgeous.  thanks for sharing.

  4. Beth says:

    So very beautiful!

  5. Kimmy says:

    What a beautiful moment you captured Steve. I can feel the love!

  6. Robinson says:

    Hey Steve,
    Just paid a visit, I like the beautiful white Swans. Cherio!

  7. REDEEMER WORD says:

    Fitting music for the swans:   SWAN LAKE by  Tchaikovsky……..ELZA

  8. Vieille Ourse says:

    ahhhh, white swans, I know what you mean … and yours pictures are wonderful …
    I am rather inclined to prefer the spring equinox as then days get longer … but nevertheless look forward to your Alaskan Autumn …
    Thanks for sharing and hugs from Belgium,

  9. Greg says:


    Hi Steve-a-reno…
    Yep…Time for a run through Alaska in Steve’s world. Of coarse never a disappointment in a glimpse of your area.
    We will have about another month of summer-like conditions and then we have a very slow transition into winter with only a couple of storms in January or February.
    Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week…Greg

  10. Jill says:

    our friends always laugh at us when we leave the house before sunrise for photoshoots and when we are excited for a little bit of haziness for beach shoots.   i have many shots that i\’m sure are like your washed out swans.   yea for cooperating light and for persistent photographers….these are beautiful.

  11. Rambling says:

    that last swan picture of the couple entwined…I am just so in love with that scene.  Oh I love that.  And the sunrise is just stunning!  Many smiles here. 

  12. Cat says:

    Never disappointed here – gorgeous dawn and the swans – excellent colors – love the lead up to the entwining they do so elegantly – did you get me email?

  13. DeVärga says:

    Very good Steeve you have a special touch for the plasure of my eyes!

  14. Elizabeth says:

    Beautiful, as always.  I too am looking forward to the change of seasons.  Take care…

  15. Sheila says:

         146 million miles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I\’m glad the earth is eco-friendly or that would be some gas bill.

  16. Sarah says:

    When they go, blow them a kiss from me, who will welcome them here in November.  That last photo is even more lovely with the preceeding series.  Very well contrasted with the grasses behind them.

  17. Rhonda says:

    Beautiful sunrise but the swans are beautiful…especially the last one…so very touching.  You are so fortunate to be able to enjoy all of this everyday and we are fortunate that you can share it with us.

  18. Mei's says:

    Hey! Its your fault that I leave my words in here 🙂 because your photos have that WOW…..!!!

  19. Cindy says:

    Those are really white swans.  They look even whiter with the layers of color background.   Not a bad sunset either! 

  20. Flo says:

    Gorgeous sunrise, reflected in the water. Awesome swans. 🙂

  21. Jacque says:

    Hi Steve,
    I\’m so glad that I stopped by to visit!
    What kind of camera do you use?
    Your pictures are beautiful and I never cease to to amazed by nature.  I love how the swans are hugging.  🙂

  22. Cherry says:

    So Beautiful, Everytime I visit your website you bring me joy and a smile with you photos, I appreciate your thoughts, comments and post. By the way we had another moose appearance.  Still missed the photo opt. Kinda hard tracking down one lone moose!
    ps Palin is great! Alaska is blessed to have women and men of this quality in their state!

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