The vernal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere began at precisely 1:14 ES this morning. I toasted Spring in the Adirondacks with a cup of tea made with freshly tapped maple sap from my yard and an early morning stroll to the lakeside. The warming Spring temperatures sublimated the ice and created the eerie early morning ice fog pictured here.
Although sublimation is a scientific term described as the process of changing from a solid to a gas without passing through an intermediate liquid phase, I favor another meaning of the word. The aesthetic use of ‘sublime’ means: the quality of greatness, whether physical, moral, intellectual, metaphysical, aesthetic, spiritual or artistic. The term especially refers to a greatness beyond all possibility of calculation, measurement or imitation.
The concept of the sublime as an aesthetic quality in nature distinct from beauty has been noted since 18th Century writers used the term to express their appreciation of external nature. True to form, this Adirondack Spring morning was sublime.