For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, today,September 23, 2019, marks the autumnal equinox (in the Southern Hemisphere, it's the Vernal, or spring, Equinox). Autumn is generally seen as a time of harvest and thanksgiving, a time of change as the trees lose their leaves, temperatures cool off, and Nature, including us humans, prepares for a time of rest and coming darkness as daylight hours are slowly getting shorter. As the trees change colors, though, fall is also a beautiful and colorful season when Nature struts her stuff. Have a happy Autumn!
"How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days." (John Burroughs)
Today is World Rhino Day. Join others in celebrating and protecting these interesting creatures that share our planet. Read this article to learn of one person's interaction with and reaction to a special rhinoceros named Sudan.
What I Learned Documenting the Last Male Northern White Rhino's Death
"When we see ourselves as part of nature, we understand that saving nature is really about saving ourselves."
The slaughter of this species, as the writer puts it, is largely based on a superstitious belief in the curative power found in the rhino's horn (which actually is just made of keratin), combined with human greed. As sad and angry as that may make you, just know that there are many people working towards saving and protecting the rhinos as well, people who believe in the beauty and necessity of diversity, people who know we are all interconnected
September is here and Autumn only a few short weeks away for those of us in the northern hemisphere. We do have some members who live in the southern hemisphere, and they will soon be welcoming the spring season.
For those pantheists who love stargazing, click on this link to learn what you can expect to see in the September night skies, including Neptune, Saturn, and, of course, the equinox occurs on September 23rd, plus a whole lot more!
Whichever season is coming your way, enjoy the awesomeness that Nature shares with us every day!
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