Signs of cross country ski tracks are still evident in the snow.
|Ski trail covered with spring debris|
|Snow show and ski tracks emerge from under the snow as winter melts away|
|Deer print in soft snow|
|The first leaf of 2014?|
|Bud emerging from a branch nipped off by a deer|
Its natural evolution is so refined that had it not moved I never would have noticed it, how thoroughly it is camouflaged - it looks just like a dead stick lying on the leaves.
The lake creatures are getting impatient with the arrival of spring as well. This evening I watched a beaver navigating the meager channel between the shore and the ice, taking a deep breath when the passage became too constricted, diving under the ice and reemerging at the next breach of the frozen cover.
This morning my attention was attracted by a mink bouncing along the shore line, hopping up and down the bank, poking around in the brush and into the tunnels fashioned under the snow by the red squirrels through the winter. I suppose the mink are pleased that the chipmunks have emerged as well.
I have a challenge for people this week: Can you identify this historic marker from the local region?
|The marker is to the far right in front of the blue house|
That steeple is a good clue, but if you need one more hint, we were walking the WOW trail (Winnipsaukee-Opechee-Winnisquam Rail Trail). Leave your guesses as a comment (click on "comments" or "No comments" at the bottom of the page, and submit as anonymous if you wish); I'll provide the answer with my next post.
As I was walking the woods in my pursuit of spring, I was thinking how in just a couple of weeks, I'll be out stalking the last remaining gasps of winter (I hope!). I guess it's just more rewarding to discover that which eludes us.