This observation was made in the late evening to early morning hours, using my 102mm f/10 and 70mm f/13 achro refractors. As luck would have it I caught the same bland side of Mars that I had caught in my morning observation of Feb 4. However, this time the NPC was distinct and I could tell the ice has receded since I started observing Mars features in October 2013. Also, the limb haze and haze at the southern part of the planet covered a large area and was very bright. The Hellas Basin was really, really bright. I could make out some of the darker areas toward the south, as well as the dark areas rimming the NPC.
In this sketch I made an ink sketch showing the limb haze and bright regions, darker regions (including noting where Syrtis Major was hiding under the limb haze) as well as the NPC. The color sketch shows the view of Mars as I observed it through the eyepiece.