Warm, humid weather took it's toll on the ice, which in turn used its stored-coldness to condense the damp air in its presence as if to say "you're not supposed to be here yet".
|The battle zone between winter and spring|
The first shoots of green are coming up weeks ahead of schedule.
|Fresh green shoots already appearing|
And I saw the second summer insects of the year (the first were moths at the windows a couple of weeks ago).
|A newly hatched spider enjoying the warmth of a black mailbox|
Last year at this time we had a couple of feet of snow on the ground and people were out on the ice well into April.
|Same day, one year ago|
We have taken in all the bird feeders except for one, and that one comes in every night to keep the bears away - they will certainly be on the prowl for food soon if they aren't out already. A usual early sign of spring is the first yellow goldfinch, but this year they are well behind the times.
|A still-brown goldfinch peruses the softening lake|
Sugaring season also started early, as did mud season, which is passing quickly since the frost never had a chance to penetrate very deeply in the earth.
|Collecting maple sap beside Lakeland School with Lake Wicwas in the distance|
|Not only are the poor maples drilled to drain their blood, but they also have to suffer mud season postings|
Snow is the best surface for tracking animals, but mud season can also be good, leaving evidence that the deer are out and moving around.
|Deer are leaving their mark in the season|
I would normally be saying about this point that old man winter is starting to lose his grip on the lake. But this year, he never really got a hold of it!
|What's left of winter on Lake Wicwas as seen from the boat ramp on Chemung Rd|