It seems that nearly everyone in the Northern Hemisphere
has had too much snow this winter
(except, perhaps, Vancouver).
February is a tug-of-war
between winter and spring.
All week long, we've had shafts of sunlight
with volleys of hail,
and flurries of snow,
and sheets of sleet.
Never mind the frigid temperatures,
spring will eventually get the upper hand.
Snow-like they may be,
but these galanthus
are the first bulbs out of the starting gate.
it's your turn to sink into the earth.
So soon now, the gray of winter
will be replaced by spring green.
February is a pointillist painter,
adding a swathe of yellow aconites
to winter's monochrome palette.
Not the showiest flower,
but so refreshing.