These tiny little flowers are always the first thing to pop up in my yard. They are at the base of the steps we use most often to come into the house so I've been watching their progress. They poked their tiny little green spears up through the snow and started getting color a couple weeks ago. Now they are bursting with color. These pictures don't do them justice as the stamens are a lusty hue of orange/yellow and the purple and lavender begs to be used on a painting.
I love spring. Even if it is just the promise of it.