Umbria has been blessed with a magnificent winter this year. There have been some cold nights, even some frost...even a couple of cold days - but it has been sunny, clear and warmer than usual. Nature is restless, ready to get on with spring! Characteristically jagged photinia buds are painfully swollen
daffodils are over 8-10 inches tall
bushes are on fire
lawns are carpeted in miniscule "occhio della Madonna" flowers with their distinct striping
and half-inch high mosses thread small cracks on the terracotta mattoni, with their intricate, delicate angel hair.
They have the tiniest fleck-like, brightly colored buds (unnoticeable without a macro lense), no larger than the point of a pin!
Forsythia bushes are showing their yellow tips, mimosa trees are a rage of yellow, Oregon grape holly buds are screaming to explode...
The magical beauty through a macro lense on a normal February 6 spring walk in the garden!