You can see she's sticking her tongue out at me!
Winter heather is about the only thing blooming around here in Elma, WA, and my patch has just started to get a bit of bee traffic. I had to take a photo or two, but this bee was not interested in helping me become the next Ansel Adams.
Soon the alder, beaked hazelnut, and maple will start blooming, providing the bees with the pollen they need to rear brood for spring. In the meantime, they'll have to make due on stored pollen from last year, and what little they can glean from my heather patch.