Streams of sunlight flooded our bedroom this morning for the first time since early January. Despite temperatures in the teens, the welcome return of sunlight through the windows of our home created the illusion of an early spring.
I made my way to fill our bird feeder through the crosswise maze of rabbit tracks that dotted this week’s snow in the back yard, all to the tune of a female cardinal who seemed to encourage a little more haste in my step. The bright sun had returned color to our landscape, replacing the mottled grays and browns of the past few weeks with richer, more vibrant hues.
The Pinus mugo in our front border that had been buried beneath snow for most of the last month, proudly displayed its yellow-green needles.
The neighboring Picea pungens ‘Fat Albert’ contrasted with blue-gray needles along mahogany-colored stems.
The dried flower heads of Sedum stood in caramel contrast to the remaining snow.
The sunlight highlighted the contrasting tans and browns of Echinaecea purpurea (Purple Coneflower) seed heads.
After weeks of overcast, this morning’s sun brought a renewed perspective on the beauty of the winter garden and a patient resolve that spring is not too far away.