These leaves of Aquilegia canadensis emerged in the landscaping around my house during mild weather in December, 2011. They seem a little thin for winter leaves but they persist, even with freezing temps and no snow cover. Wild Columbine is one of the easiest native plants to grow from seed, and it will flourish in almost any conditions. It is very popular with hummingbirds.
Photographed in rock landscaping on January 1, 2012 in
"Without anxiety let us wander on, admiring whatever beauty the woods exhibit." Henry David Thoreau Journal, 1850.