It looks like winter and spring are having some kind of epic battle. First, bright green leaves suddenly appeared on trees and bushes, only to be covered in snow a few days later. Then it rained all night long, the first serious drenching of the year. By morning the rain had turned to snow again, and vast, lake-like puddles formed in streets throughout the city. What a welcome sight after so many frozen, parched months!
Every morning I look closely at the dry hills outside the city for traces of green. Maybe it's my imagination, but it seems to me that there's been a change in the brown and yellow hues of the mountains.