On our walk today, I wondered if we’d see the yellow violets, Viola sempervirens. They bloom as early as late February but this winter has been long and chilly so I didn’t see them last week but we had three warm days in a row so I hoped they’d be in bloom. And they were! The flowers look like kabuki masks, markings applied with a fine eyeliner brush.
We heard red-winged blackbirds whistling in the woods, many Steller’s jays, robins. And the day before yesterday, on the pond near Sakinaw Lake, there were huge clumps of frog spawn among the rushes fringing the edges of the pond. We came back to huddle by the fire but at least we know that other species are busy doing what they need to do this time of year.