At last, the Pasque Flowers are blooming in the Bemidji area. These are the true harbingers of spring - the very first of all the wild flowers often arising in the vicinity of snow banks. To me they are a promise of renewal, shaking off the last vestiges of winter and portending greater things to come.
Soon there will be hepatica, blood root and Indian paintbrush. It always happens that way. It ends with the gentians in October that fight old man winter to the bitter end. After that they all lay in wait, cheering on the pasque flowers to start it all over again!
John Mathisen, HSC