The gentle pink rays of this early Autumn Irish sunrise reflect on clouds over Ireland’s Fergus River Valley near Ennis in County Clare.
On the Irish meteorological calendar, the Autumn season begins September 1 each year, when the sun edges lower in its daily arc across the sky, and daylight hours become noticeably shorter.
Sunrise today in Dublin was at 6:35 a.m. with sunset at 8:13 p.m., for a total of 13 hours and 37 minutes of daylight.
This year’s Autumnal Equinox will be September 23, when the sun’s path over the Equator creates equal periods of daylight and darkness.
Daylight hours are decreasing steadily until the shortest day of the year, Winter Solstice on December 22, when we’ll have only seven hours and 30 minutes of daylight.
And the cycle of life continues…