April Showers . . .

Ahhh. . . April. How we love you. With your warm breezes and gentle showers. Honeysuckle and honeybees. Dogwoods and daffodils.  And in the immortal words of Satchmo, “skies of blue and clouds of white.” In April, the canvas of our beautiful, wonderful world begins to be dotted with gorgeous splashes of color. And it’s truly a sight to behold. 

Much of that beauty, those colors, that new growth is largely owing to those self-same April showers. The spring rain. That life-giving, earth-renewing, liquid-silver elixir that can help transform the barren ground into lush green fields. And don’t forget the flowers. Bring on those May flowers!

Night and Day: The Vernal Equinox

On March 20, the vernal equinox signals the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. This spring equinox marks the moment when the sun crosses the equator going from south to north.

What does that mean? For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, March heralds a beautiful change. The days are getting longer and the nights are getting shorter. Trees are budding, birds are singing, bees are buzzing, and gentle breezes are blowing. These are some of the delightful daily proclamations of spring’s arrival. Some changes are subtler. If you stop to look at the arc of the sun across the sky, you’ll notice that it’s shifting toward the north. And butterflies and birds are making their migrations toward the north as well, along with the path of the sun.

So, what brings about this glorious transformation of the earth?