This time of the year is pretty exciting for a lithops fan. The new leaves are starting to show revealing fresh two-heads and all those patterns and colors that appear so new to us because over the last several months we already forgot how our plants actually look like. But before we are allowed to see them in all their glory there's a transition stage to go through. Some might say the plants look especially ugly but for the connoisseur this sight is beautiful and most welcome. It means everything goes well and we can look forward to the new season of inspired lithops-watching. The proper look in March is when they look like old shoe soles.