At 7:30 a.m. this morning (21 hours after the first flurries), we have 17″ inches of snow on the ground, although I think that the top is starting to pack the bottom. The temperature is 18 °F, but the windchill is 6 °F.
And now I have steel-cut oats and a warm cup of coffee for breakfast. 🙂
We have a week of daytime highs above freezing and nighttime lows below freezing. Perfect!
Actually, we have already tapped one maple… a red maple. And Ordinary Spouse boiled down the first batch of sap today…
We had heard that red maples make perfectly fine syrup, but that the sugar concentration in the sap isn’t as high. (In other words, the sap has to be boiled longer.) Since there is an easily accessible red maple right outside our back door, we decided that a little experiment was in order. Based on the initial taste test, this syrup will work out just fine… 🙂
Ordinary Spouse and I were out for a hike today. We noticed quite a bit of clubmoss poking through the snow.
I was hoping that this was a sign of spring, but it turns out (as far as I can tell) that clubmoss is evergreen. So, yes – this qualifies for ‘this week in the forest’, but it also qualifies for many other weeks.
We also saw some evidence of the severity of this winter, while we were hiking today…
Many of the rhododendron near our house have had their leaves chewed off to deer height. I’ve read that rhododendron aren’t the favorite food of deer, but evidently they’ll eat them if the need is great enough. I’m not used to being able to see underneath them (as in the last photo).
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