Today is the first official day of Spring, which arrived in this part of the world at 12:57 PM. The weather, though, doesn't seem to have gotten the message, instead depositing a fresh few inches of snow on the ground overnight into this morning. The hydrangeas on the eastern side of the house are nearly covered with recent snows.
Geometric patterns of mat and floorboards are enhanced by the morning snow.
A subtle sign of spring in the woods is the circle of diminished snow around the warming tree trunks.
And to remind me that spring will certainly come one day––I hope not too far in the future––the green seedlings of leeks and onions are growing under lights; they'll be ready to plant in the ground sometime in May once the snow is gone and the ground a bit warmed. It may be later than usual because under the two feet of snow the ground is probably frozen quite deep, but the thaw will inevitably come and spring will be sweeter and more precious after this long, cold winter.