The vernal equinox was on March 20, and I think our cherry trees knew. The day before, their buds burst. It was only a light smattering of flowers in their lower branches at first. Then on Sunday, most of the buds except the ones at the crown popped open. Last night, the last of the crown buds transformed into beautiful blush-white blooms. I snapped these pictures yesterday (before the crown buds burst) and noticed a few dozen bees alighting on the flowers to gather pollen. Today, when I stood beneath the trees, I heard the droning “Zzzzzzz zzzzz zzzzzz,” of what must be a hundred bees visiting our earliest spring-time blooms. None of the trees in our yard except the evergreens have any leaves yet, but I did spy a few with binoculars that are unfurling at the crown of one of our poplar trees. And the goldfinches that visit our seed feeder are in the process of molting their beige feathers for the brilliant golden ones that give them their name. Just when I thought I couldn’t stand one more morning of frost and chill, spring is finally here!