The first signs of spring and the return of the sun, Descanso Gardens, February 4, 2017

Signs of spring are everywhere in the garden and I can already see the change in the morning light.  We are now at the midway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox.  The hellebores are blooming and the daffodils are popping up out of the ground.  Mother earth is awakening with new life.  It's a time to celebrate the passing of winter as we prepare to make way for the magic of spring and the return of the sun.  

 Acorn Woodpecker.  There were at least 7 or 8 of these birds very high up on this tree.

Acorn Woodpecker.  There were at least 7 or 8 of these birds very high up on this tree.

 Interesting tree trunk.

Interesting tree trunk.

 Pale pink camellia.

Pale pink camellia.

 Camellia and oak trees.

Camellia and oak trees.

 Sun rays shining through the oaks.

Sun rays shining through the oaks.

 So much color bursting from this beautiful camellia.

So much color bursting from this beautiful camellia.

 Wet daffodil.

Wet daffodil.

 Technicolor green in the morning sunlight.

Technicolor green in the morning sunlight.

 Beautiful camellia with oaks and sunlight on the grass.

Beautiful camellia with oaks and sunlight on the grass.

 Snapdragons.

Snapdragons.

 Bashful daffodils.

Bashful daffodils.

 Hellebore faithfully blooming as they do every year in February.  A true sign that Imbolc has arrived.

Hellebore faithfully blooming as they do every year in February.  A true sign that Imbolc has arrived.

 New flowers.

New flowers.

 Buds are shooting up everywhere.

Buds are shooting up everywhere.

 Wet leaves sparkle in the morning sun.

Wet leaves sparkle in the morning sun.

 Misty morning light with camellia trees by the bridge.

Misty morning light with camellia trees by the bridge.

 Glistening green.

Glistening green.

 Daffodil with rainbow fairy orb.  There's always a little magic at Descanso.

Daffodil with rainbow fairy orb.  There's always a little magic at Descanso.

 Daffodil.

Daffodil.

 Hellebore is blooming all over the garden.

Hellebore is blooming all over the garden.

 Monkey flower stretching to the sun.

Monkey flower stretching to the sun.

 New life on tree branch.

New life on tree branch.

 Wet leaves glisten.

Wet leaves glisten.

 Branches, sky and clouds.

Branches, sky and clouds.

 Cucumber vine.

Cucumber vine.

 Cucumber vine.

Cucumber vine.

 The camellia tress had something to say.

The camellia tress had something to say.

 Oak shadow.

Oak shadow.

 Daffodils getting ready to bloom.

Daffodils getting ready to bloom.

 Morning light and camellia trees.

Morning light and camellia trees.

 Creamy white camellia.

Creamy white camellia.

 Colorful camellia.

Colorful camellia.

 Hyacinth is one of my favorite flowers this time of year.

Hyacinth is one of my favorite flowers this time of year.

 A lone Japanese Anemone by the cottage.

A lone Japanese Anemone by the cottage.

 Borage in the sun.

Borage in the sun.

 Borage.

Borage.

 Anemone waking up.

Anemone waking up.

 Anemone.

Anemone.

 Sleeping Anemone.

Sleeping Anemone.

 Anemone.

Anemone.

 Camellia.

Camellia.

 Hellebore.

Hellebore.

 Hellebore.

Hellebore.