Best Places to Visit in Autumn

by - September 20, 2016

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The summer is almost over. Although they approach the first cold there is no need to be discouraged. Autumn season is the most spectacular opportunity to cheer even before the winds of winter are felt. Wear your most comfortable shoes for walking and focus on one of these perfect destinations to capture the beautiful colors of autumn. The promise is that on the mantle of leaves you will see unforgettable views.

Nara, Japan

The fall in these parts is no less impressive hanami, the cherry blossoms in spring. The foliage, which the Japanese call Kouyou can be admired throughout the country. At the end of September, parts of the northern island of Hokkaido and taken to the south. The ancient capital of Nara, which is only a short train ride from Tokyo, gives wonderful views. Its vast park is a riot of colors, alternating leaves red, yellow, gold along the paths that lead to the temple of Tamukeyama in the north-east.

Agawa Canyon, Canada

Climb aboard Canyon Tour Train and you'll be in the middle of the most spectacular kaleidoscope of leaves on the planet. It starts from Sault Ste Marie to the border with the United States and you travel 114 miles (183 km) in a pristine area and more and more spectacular. At the beginning of the twentieth century, this landscape has inspired Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, considered the most important Canadian landscape. You will need to be timely: the right time is short, the end of September beginning of October.

Forest of Dean, England

This ancient forest of Gloucestershire was once the hunting grounds of the crown. The wood of its trees provided wood for the ships of the Tudor. Today, this is an ideal breeding ground for a less bloody, the 'leaf peeping' ('peeking through the leaves', literally). Including oak, beech and hazel you create a happy mixture of colors yellow and gold. The Forest of Dean can be easily covered on foot or by bicycle. Ago 'attention only to wild pigs that have elected their permanent home since 2006.

White Mountains, New Hampshire, United States

New England is synonymous with 'autumn' and it is not easy to indicate a point of approach better than others, but the White Mountains of New Hampshire are certainly one of the best references for those interested in the colors of the season, and this applies not only for New England, but for the whole world. Hiking in these hills at the beginning of October will bring you into a world of colorful red maple leaves. Another good idea is to drive to the Silver Cascade Falls in Carroll County to enjoy the contrast created between the foliage and the waterfall that plunges 76 meters.

Loire Valley, France

The vineyards change color and the crowd dissolves summer: there is no best time to visit this region. The undulating rows seem to shine, because their color changes from green to yellow summer, with hints of brown and orange typically autumn. It's harvest time, so you can witness this rite, and then retire to a quiet place to taste some local cup of nectar.

Mount Huangshan, China

The Huangshan, or Yellow Mountain, is by far the place to be to experience all the glory of autumn palette Chinese. The vertiginous slopes are covered with trees that in October are colored bright red. From Beijing to Shanghai and many flock to take photos. The clouds that shroud the mountain to give everything an ethereal atmosphere, typically Chinese. At sunset you can enjoy the best show.

Dandenong Ranges, Australia

The Australian autumn gives you appointment in March. True, usually the country of beaches, surf and hot summers is not associated with autumn colors, but the Dandenong Ranges are ready to dispel any preconceived idea. This area is not only protected by a national park, but also boasts perfectly manicured gardens. The Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens are definitely worth a visit when the meadows are covered with fallen leaves and trees of many colors.

Bishop Creek Canyon, California

New England is famous for its foliage , but there's no reason to neglect the West Coast. The forests inland California are a nice alternative, because the variety of the territory of the Golden State makes the phenomenon quite durable. The Bishop Creek Canyon is one of the territories that deserves exploring. Among the mountains of the Sierra Nevada in Inyo County, you'll see the golden-leaved trees surrounded by an amphitheater of rocks.

Pitlochry, Scotland

Conifers Scots do not change color, but the deciduous trees do their best to set up one of the most beautiful shows of autumn in Europe. Exit from the town and head towards the dam that separates the river from Loch Tummel Faskally: you will enjoy the spectacle of the trees that lose their leaves slowly along the edge of the basin. In October Pitlochry hosting the event Enchanted Forest: Music and lights create an inviting atmosphere in the woods close to the city.

Lombardy, Italy

With a fairly mild autumn weather, Lombardy is a place to recommend to admire the colors of autumn in the heart of Europe. The poplars premises, which are found everywhere in the landscape, are covered with bright yellow before they lose their leaves. If you are not happy of the campaign, keep in mind that even parks in Milan lend their fronds to the show of the season.

Today is the autumnal equinox, and even Google is celebrating with a autumn theme doodle. But are you sure you know all about this day? The origin of the word equinox is derived from the Latin fusion of aequi, ie equal, and noctium from nox, ie night. Literally, then, it indicates the times of year when the night is equal. But to what? Day in theory, at the equinoxes both of which fall to spring the hours of light and those of darkness are the same. An exceptional phenomenon that occurs when the sun's rays are perpendicular to the axis of rotation of our planet.

Despite the etymological meaning of the word equinox, however, today the day will last a few more minutes of the night, stopwatch in hand. Why? First, because the Earth's atmosphere generates a phenomenon of refraction of light which anticipates a moment dawn. And why, if we define the sunset as the moment when the last disappears sun and the aurora as one in which faces the first horizon, the end result is that if you live in a middle latitude as we the day lasts a few seconds more.

Tradition has it that today starts early autumn. But from a meteorological point of view this is not so by convention, the seasons start in advance of about 21 to 23 days compared to the solstices and equinoxes. Autumn true, then, has already begun, and we even we realized the Conventional weather for our latitude is expected that beginning on September 1 and last until 30 November.

With the autumnal equinox, at 10:21 of September 23 it is officially back the fall season for the northern hemisphere. At that moment in fact, the sun has passed or is thought to pass to the point of Libra, an imaginary point where the celestial equator intersects the ecliptic, the apparent way described by our star in a year. This condition corresponds to Autumnal Equinox. From a young age we were taught that at the equinoxes the length of day and night is about the same. But why? What happens in these days, or rather moments, the Earth-Sun system?

We start from the Earth, precisely from the equator, and imagine that we project it on the celestial sphere. Then we would have a plan (celestial equator) that divides the sky in the Northern Hemisphere and South, like as the equator divides the planet in the northern hemisphere and southern hemisphere. Now, however, we analyze the motion of the Earth: its axis of rotation is inclined to the plane of the orbit, to a value equal to 23.27 degrees.

The Earth in its motion of revolution always maintains this tilt, so that the hemisphere tilted toward the Sun changes throughout the year. We now turn instead to the sun. If we wanted to project its apparent movement in the year on the celestial sphere we would describe an ellipse, known in astronomy as the ecliptic. Similarly we can define this imaginary circle stretched as the projection on the celestial sphere of the Earth's orbital plane.

As a result of the inclination of Earth's axis, the celestial equator and ecliptic they are also inclined relative to each other. The points where they intersect are called point range or Aries and Omega point or scale and mark respectively entering the spring and in the autumn with the equinoxes. In correspondence of these imaginary points, the sun appears to move from a celestial hemisphere to the other, and in these moments also changes the way in which the rays reach the earth's surface. Equinox, in fact, the rays coming from the sun are perpendicular to the axis of rotation of the Earth with no pole tilted toward or away from the Sun, so that the two hemispheres receive the same way the light from the star, and the day and night are almost the same time.

The summer is really over and remind you also doodle of Google today, introducing us, including an online search and the other, the first day of autumn. No reference, at least in the doodle, the astronomical event that determines the change of season but an animation theme, with a squirrel playing between the pumpkins.

The doodle, in its simplicity, the function performs well to remind us that not always the seasons, according to the agreement, enter the 21 of the month. The fall equinox, as often for symbolic dates, is also associated with meanings cultural and anniversaries of historical events. Among those born on the day of the autumnal equinox stands the Emperor Augustus, who was born on September 23 BC.

History buffs will also associate this data to the first month of the French revolutionary calendar , which fell in the Gregorian calendar 23 years in 1795, 1799-1802, 1804-05. The Republican calendar was then adopted by the First French Republic, which became established September 22, 1792, the day of equinox and of new postgraduate monarchy.

The autumnal equinox is the moment when the time day and night are of equal length: today, 23 September, for us who live in the northern hemisphere. To be precise, the equinox takes place in an exact time when the Sun is at the zenith of the equator of the Earth. This year occurred at 10:21 am. In a nutshell the autumnal equinox marks the end of summer and the beginning of the fall season: the seasons do not always change the 21 of the month every three months, no.

The beginning: as for all other seasons, also the beginning of autumn is marked by a precise astronomical event. Each year there are two equinoxes and two solstices, alternating between them: begin in the fall and spring equinox day, that is, when the length of day and night is equal (then, of course, there are other variables at stake) the name equinox actually means equal night; summer and winter, starting on the day of the solstice, in which the daylight hours in a day are at their maximum (summer) or at their minimum (winter).

Actually the autumnal equinox is not just today in all localities of the northern hemisphere: due to a phenomenon called atmospheric refraction sunlight is bent by the atmosphere and allows us to see the sun some minutes before it arises. This means that in fact today in Italy the day will be a little 'longest of the night for a few minutes: the true equality between day and night will be reached between 25 and 28 September. For those who live in the South Pole, today is the first day of light in six months and is the first day of Spring. For those who live in the North Pole is the first day without sunlight, which will return after six months.

The equinoxes and solstices and times of day and night are determined by the position of Earth in its motion of revolution around the Sun, that is the movement that makes our planet circling its star reference. The equinox corresponds to the moment when the Sun is at the intersection of the plane of the celestial equator the projection of the celestial sphere and the ecliptic the apparent path of the Sun in the sky. The solstice instead the Sun at noon is at maximum or minimum height above the horizon.

The autumnal equinox, like spring and the two solstices occur in a precise moment, that is when astronomically starts the following season and therefore not in a full day that moment can vary from year to year on span of a couple of days because of the different length of the solar year and the calendar the same reason leap years. In India, between 20 and 21 March the spring, between 20 and 21 June the summer, between 22 and 23 September the autumn, between 21 and 22 December the winter.

To understand this, it will be winter on 22 December at 6:48 am. In 1931 it happened that the autumnal equinox was on September 24, again for the different duration of the solar year and the calendar: in fact the Earth takes a little 'more than exactly 365 days to complete its orbit around Sun are 365.25. Next time when the autumnal equinox will fall on Sept. 24 will be in 2303.

In addition to the astronomical seasons, there are also the weather seasons: start early twenty days compared to the solstices and equinoxes, and always last three months. Indicate, more precisely, the periods in which they occur annual climate variations, especially in the middle latitudes with temperate climates.

Leaf flames lighting the air,
pirouetting wildly in the gentle winds.
the heart filled with music,strumming the notes of nature,
the mind dances in crimson silk, wearing crowns of silver-frost
the body sways, to the rhythms of the autumn raaga
The early morning mist rises all around them
Their souls alight; swirling with the breeze
A graceful dance; they walk together
Her hand in his; feelings linger
He slowly breathes her in
She follows willingly
It is their destiny
A shared path
Soul mates

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