CIRCLE UNBROKENSPOTTED TOWHEE" acrylic on illustration
board (30 x 20)
winter's harshest cold subsides, the Milbert's Tortoiseshell
and other bold hibernating insects rouse while the snows deliquesce
into life-giving water, soaking the soil and moving nutrients
through it, signaling the torpid roots of Glacier Lilies and
Short-styled Bluebuells to force their prepunctual greenery through
the snow's dingy last remains, to blossom inappropriately on
the still wintry forest floor. A brumal blanket pulled back reveals
rabbitbrush seeds and other new foodstuffs for scratching towhees.
Each year, April holds the promise of new life.