Spring is in the air

Spring is a time when the cycle of life renews itself. Trees and flowers bud and bloom. Life takes advantage of the warmer days and a better food supply to make babies and raise them before the next winter sets in.

Seasons are caused by the tilt in the Earth’s axis as it travels around the sun every year. When a hemisphere is tilted towards the sun, the days lengthen into summer. When the hemisphere is tilted away from the sun, the days shorten into winter.

The halfway point is the equinox, when day and night are equal length. The equinox marks the start of Spring in one hemisphere and Fall in the other.

Many religious practices are based on the cycles of nature. In Spring, the world is born again.


Spring Flowers

Spring is a season of flowers. The first flowers come from bulbs that store their energy in roots and wait for Spring.

Snowdrops

Common Snowdrop. Courtesy of David Paloch.

Common Snowdrop. Courtesy of David Paloch.

Snowdrops don’t mind the cold. They will grow right up through the last snows.

Crocus

Crocus

Crocus

Crocus are some of the first flowers of Spring. You can watch them poke their heads out of the cold ground in Central Park.

The spice saffron comes from a type of crocus.

Irises

Irises

Irises

Irises look almost like little orchids. They are native to Russia, the Caucasus, and northern Iran.

Daffodils

Daffodil

Daffodil

Daffodils arrive as Spring comes into full bloom. The Narcissus is a type of daffodil.

Tulips

Tulips

Tulips

Tulips follow the Daffodils.


The Date of Spring

There are different ideas for Spring around the world.

Spring starts around March 20 in the northern hemisphere and around September 23 in the southern hemisphere.


Spring 2018

Spring 2018 starts on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.


 


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