I spotted the last wild Columbine blooming on the trails that we regularly travel (the ones in our garden are still blooming with lots of buds still to open).
All over the forest, I see signs that the bears are busily eating, eating, and eating some more. A favorite bear food is the pupae of ants. Those are the white larvae that the adult ants tend to very carefully because they are the next generation of the ant colony. A bear had traveled the same trail as K and I did this morning, and he'd flipped at least a hundred rocks, undoubtedly licking up the baby ants that he found under the rocks.
I think that he looks noble and intelligent. I'm glad that this coyote is watching over our forest.