April… Not only my birthday month but a time of new beginnings in the northern hemisphere as well. Upon research, the etymology is from the Latin aperire, “to open,” in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to “open” or start a new beginning. Additionally the phrase “April showers bring May flowers” comes to mind. April, traditionally a rainy period, gives way to May, when flowers will bloom because of the water provided to them by the April rains. Therefore, by extension, that a period of discomfort can provide the basis for a period of happiness. April… What a wonderful month indeed.
The fourth month of last year brought continued happiness and good fortune in our photography travels. Dan and I scoured the countryside of Minnesota and Wisconsin in search for beauty. We have the knack for running into something special whether it be a forgotten building, a reflection in a puddle from a recent April downpour, or a morning sunrise like no other. As for the sunrises, I am a bit spoiled as I do, on occasion, get advance notice of the beauty that is about to unfold. Dan commutes to St. Paul for work, which means that he leaves sometimes before I even open my eyes. Those early morning text messages telling me to wake up and catch the morning sunrise as it is unfolding are appreciated… Thank you honey.