In the next few hours in Hanoi, the sun will appear to cross the celestial equator, from north to south; this marks the beginning of autumn (or in Vietnamese, ”thu phân”).
In the language of astronomy, an equinox is either of two points on the celestial sphere where the ecliptic and the celestial equator intersect. This is one of two times a year when the sun is above the equator and night and day are of approximately equal length; the word equinox is often used to refer to either of these dates. The equinoxes are not fixed points on the celestial sphere but move westward along the ecliptic, passing through all the constellations of the zodiac in 26,000 years. They are the two days each year when the center of the Sun spends an equal amount of time above and below the horizon at every location on Earth. The word equinox derives from the Latin words aequus (equal) and nox (night).
Actually, an equinox begins when the sun reaches the celestial longitude of 180° and ends when it reaches the longitude of 195°. In the Gregorian calendar, it usually begins around September 23 and ends around October 8, so the vernal equinox and the autumnal equinox signify the middle of spring and autumn, respectively, unlike in Western cultures.
As a result, fall equinox is the most romantic time in Hanoi—the precious period that appears in many poems and songs.
If you read local language, here is the most read poem.
To listen to the song, please click here.
Even if you don’t speak Vietnamese, you can enjoy the song played in orchestra here.
Photo taken with Fuji UV & InfraRed camera that I am learning to use...
Hope you share some of Vietnamese culture with us. Thanks.
(Photographer’s note offered by ngythanh)
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aznegrao (10316) 2007-09-22 8:15
Fantastic view in B&W. Thanks for sharing.
NgocSon (282) 2007-09-22 8:31
This is just fantastic and unbelievable!
Thank you for giving us some taste of the country.
chicken (1557) 2007-09-22 8:57
I like how this huge old tree is dominating the image. The human figure and the building just look like mere decoration. The infrared gives the foilage that typical glow, which works very well here, bringing out the fascinating structure of tree branches. Well done.
mirarer (4751) 2007-09-22 9:12
Another poetic picture.
vincz (19113) 2007-09-22 9:47
Very poetic. I love the composition with the huge tree and the tiny woman with the conical hat along the path. The tree is really filling all the space in 3 dimensions. The black and white rendering is excellent. Congratulations.
TRASH (0) 2007-09-22 10:26
Straight to the top level of postings of Vietnam in the last several days.
Thank you for reminding us of the autumn.
Flamboyant (0) 2007-09-22 17:21
Very romantic, very beautiful. I felt the picture carries the soul of autumn in its foliage.
saigon (6443) 2007-09-23 1:20
bon choix du B&W!
Yuanclarkson (38) 2007-09-23 4:49
This photo is too poetic. Although I have never been to Hanoi during autumn, your capture has transmitted a real feeling of the fall.
AnimeshRay (9089) 2007-09-24 16:55
A very nice experiment you have here, Nhiem! Your composition is classical, and reminds me of the romantic Chinese/Vietnamese ink washes of the past. Very nice indeed.
Excellent notes as well.
Thanks for bringing this to us.
Salil_B (737) 2007-11-05 7:00
I really like the dream-like quality of this image. Well composed as well.
aliabazari (16230) 2012-10-12 18:54
Hello dear friend
The combination of a beautiful and attractive display. Exposure and depth of the well.
- Copyright: Nhiem Hoang (hoangthenhiem) (2531)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2007-09-00
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Fujifilm S3 Pro UVIR
- Exposure: f/11, 1/45 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2007-09-22 8:11
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