On these dreary winter days, one looks for signs of spring wherever one can find them. This photo was taken February 22 in Smallwood Park, here in Eatonville; even now, three weeks later, it's still one of only a few plants that have ventured cautiously and hopefully into bloom. Spring is officially only a week away, though, so I'm hopeful that more will follow.
The lighting was dim for this image, but I set my f-stop carefully to give just enough depth of field to ensure the flower and buds were in sharp focus, while leaving the background splendidly blurred. I love the delicate colors, too.