Each mid-September we greet the fall season with the arrival of the fall or autumnal equinox while our neighbors below the equator welcome in the spring or vernal equinox. So what exactly is the equinox? It is the point at which the sun’s rays directly hit the equator because the Earth’s axis is tilted neither toward nor away from the sun.


The start of the astronomical fall equinox, celebrated this year on September 22, is different from the meteorological fall which begins on September 1. The word “equinox” comes from two Latin words: aequus meaning “equal” and nox meaning “night.” So on this day, there are roughly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness.


With less sunlight means the temperatures start to cool down and the leaves begin their glorious color change. A perfect place to witness this breathtaking season is Michigan, but do you know where some of the best places throughout the state to view this are? Be sure to sign up for the Michigan Color Tour presentation on September 23 to discover places you may not even know.


If local color viewing is more your thing, why not watch the colors change on the surrounding trees with a little exercise as you walk around the Lowe Center Walking Trail or while you enjoy a lunch in our outdoor seating area. We have multiple tables and chairs in our courtyard just outside the dining room at the Lowe Center. Fall will be gone before you know it, so what are you waiting for?



Danielle Dilts, Human Resources Manager