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Spring is coming?

March 11, 2012

It’s been a very mild winter, but cold enough to keep most plants in the winter browns. The sun is lengthening its day, and we’ve been starting to get days that smell like spring. I hadn’t seen much vegetative evidence of this, so we went on the hunt!

Off to the blue hills this past week for a walk through the far north-eastern section of the park. This section has more low-land and water than the sections we walked in the winter. I was on the lookout for early medow-land plants, and other green things. And we found something!

 

Poking out of the boggy ground next to a stream (and in a couple cases, in the stream) were a patch of skunk cabbage! I’m sure I saw these growing up in Nova Scotia, but I don’t remember them. It could be that the soil was too disturbed by kids running through the woods. This was an exciting find for me. I’m hoping we can get back into the woods a couple times a month and document the forest waking up to spring.

 

It’s an exciting time.

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