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