Even the weeds are greening up! This accursed ground weed that I fear will never be eradicated...
...and is this not the biggest thistle you've ever seen? It's huge, maybe two feet across!
The Helleborus have been up for a while...the white ones a little worse for wear because of the ice, but the pink varieties still vibrant.
I was absolutely delighted to lean in and hear a familiar sound. The bees are back and gathering pollen! I hunkered down to watch for a few minutes. They were very aware of my presence, and somewhat cranky about it, but I was able to get a few shots.
Look at those pollen packets!
I've been enjoying the increased presence of birds lately, too, and have captured a few of my favorites. The Eastern Towhee, with the most beautiful song...
Goldfinches, too, who lose their color a bit in the winter:
Even the shy grey squirrels are suddenly everywhere, but mainly at our feeders.
They are even bold enough to chide me for interrupting...from a safe distance, of course!
Hope you're seeing a little bit of spring, too. Have a great week!