The contrast between new life and the remnants of what was once alive creates a very intriguing image. These daffodils are emerging among the remnants of tall grasses on a mountain side in Western Maryland in late April. Daffodils, among a few other notable plants, are harbingers of springtime. Their appearance is spectacular as they are both genuinely beautiful and a sight for sore, winter weary eyes. They give us hope for warmer, brighter days.