The spring equinox, aka the vernal equinox, occurred earlier in the week, marking the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.  

It is the first of two days each year when the sun illuminates equally in the Northern and Southern hemishperes. The other day of each year is the Autunmal Equinox to start the fall season.

Halfway through the equioxal sunset from the beach.

Unseasonably cooler temperatures, leftover from the weekend cold front,  started the spring season with brisk temperatures and a steady breeze all day.

We hesitated about going to the sunset but instead decided to layer up for the short walk to the bridge at the entrance of the beach.

Sea grape leaves and sea oats view of the sunset

Luckily, we stood behind the row of sea grape trees that line the north side of the bridge. The trees provide protection from the cold northern winds.

The sun dropped below the horizon

It was a short visit to the beach due to the weather. A few pictures were snapped, and after the sunset, we headed to the warmth of the house.