Happy Easter! Happy Spring!

I wish you all the best this Easter! This is the earliest Easter anyone now living will experience. Easter, a moveable holiday, is set for the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox.

The Vernal Equinox (First Day of Spring) occurred on Thursday, March 20. The full moon occurred the next day, Friday, March 21. Thus, today is March 23, Easter Sunday. None of us living on this date will experience an Easter this early again in our lives.

On Wednesday, I visited Filoli in Woodside, California to take some photographs, because the tulips have begun to bloom there.

Red Tulips at Filoli

Red Tulips at Filoli

SOURCE: Red Tulips at Filoli (Woodside, San Mateo Co., CA). Photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 19 Mar 2008.

Tulip Group at Filoli

Tulip Group at Filoli

SOURCE: Tulip Group at Filoli (Woodside, San Mateo Co., CA). Photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 19 Mar 2008.

Potted Pink Tulips at Filoli

Potted Tulipa ‘Ollioules’

SOURCE: Potted Tulipa ‘Ollioules’ (Woodside, San Mateo Co., CA). Photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 19 Mar 2008.

Tulipa 'Ollioules' and Baby Blue Eyes

Tulipa ‘Ollioules’ and Nemophila menziesii (Baby Blue Eyes)

Copyright © 2008 by Stephen J. Danko

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6 Responses to Happy Easter! Happy Spring!

  1. Steve, what beautiful flowers. Our weather is up and down in Virginia and I have not see these types of blooms lately in our area.

  2. Barbara P. says:

    Thanks Steve, the photos are lovely. Happy Easter to you as well.

    Is is possible to put all your lovely photos in a category for just flowers? They cheer me up and give me hope for spring on these cold gloomy days.

  3. Hi Dru and Barbara, I hope the weather cooperates to bring both of you a beautiful Easter.

    Barbara, sure I can create a category for flowers. Good idea!


  4. Elizabeth says:

    What a beautiful place, Steve! The California DAR visited there on a field trip a few years ago. I missed the trip, but I remember that the photos the ladies brought back were amazing.

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. Wow – seeing these pics make me miss Filoli and the other great houses I’d visit when I lived in Northern California. I also remember the mustard blooming in the fields up in Napa in late February and March.

  6. Interesting that you included the requisite events that define when Easter is celebrated. The Orthodox calendar has one more requirement – that the Resurrection occur after Passover. After all, Christ entered Jerusalem to celebrate Passover. Makes sense. Thus, Orthodox Easter this year is on April 27.

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