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Déjà Vu: Winter In The Mountains

 

February 4, 2019

Owen Carson

Mole salamanders remain active throughout the winter, making their way to vernal, or seasonal, pools when it is time to lay eggs.

This last part of winter is when I feel the cold the most, when spring is just around the corner and the sap is near rising. Soon the forest floor will be green once again, and delicate ephemeral wildflowers will offer the year's first nectar to the earliest risers, though I am starkly reminded of winter's grip when the mercury plummets. These recent cold snaps can discourage even a brief walk in the frozen woods, but a choice to brave the cold, to layer up and to enjoy a winter hike can yield a surprising amount of life! It's not so much what's aboveground that I'm looking for; I'm more ex...



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