Yesterday morning I went to a nearby forest reserve to look for signs of early spring in the woods. Wandering around in a light (and surprisingly cold) rain, what I mostly found was evidence of what a severe winter we've been through. Lots of newly fallen trees, including some massive mature hemlocks. Lots of chain saw chips where the people who maintain the reserve had been working to clear pathways and sort out the jumbles. I don't know whether this marshy spot is permanently wet or is a vernal pool, but leaving the path would get your feet wet in a hurry.
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