Day 79

Day 79

The beginning of Spring

Today is the official first day of spring—the spring or vernal equinox—in the northern hemisphere, where night and day are equal in length. It doesn’t look like spring from my window as snow falls with the temperature. But that’s here in Toronto.

In, Chichen Itza, Mexico at the Pyramid of Kukulkán, (also known as El Castillo—Spanish for the castle), thousands gather for the appearance of the Mayan feathered serpent god, Kukulkán.

As the equinox sun sets, a play of light and shadow creates the appearance of a snake that gradually undulates down the stairway of the pyramid. This diamond-backed snake is composed of seven or so triangular shadows, cast by the stepped terraces of the pyramid. The sinking sun seems to give life to the sinuous shadows, which make a decidedly snaky pattern on their way down the stairs.”

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