As the Sun rises farther and farther to the East, the days lengthen and get warmer.
This really is happening. Here's how it looks from our back door:
Winter Solstice Sunrise Location, Dec. 21st:
the Sun rises to the right of the pine tree's trunk (closer to the South).
Sunrise Location Today, Feb. 22, 2014:
The days are getting longer and warmth can't be too far behind!
Soon the snow will melt
and there will be early Spring flowers!
Next is the blood root (Sanguinaria canadensis, below). Both are native Wisconsin plants.
The bees appreciate them as much as we do after a long Winter!