A Phenological Identity Crisis

On a grey afternoon in April I am reminded of the late days in March. The air is heavy and wet, the ground has a thin layer of snow crusting on top, and the woods has a sleepy feeling about them. Searching for signs of spring has proven difficult on this day. The amphibians remain in hiding, snow covers that area that the vibrant color of wildflowers should colonize, and the trees hold on to their winter style.

Bare spring branching

This section of centennial woods acts as a buffer between the edge and forest interior. The edge effect has begun to slowly decrease at this point in the woods meaning there is less impact from developments, and exposure to the elements. There are no forest interior species that I have seen evidence of in the area, but a decent amount of deer, snowshoe hare, foxes, and other animals more adapted to a buffer zone reside there.

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