Hooray! This is what it looks like at Spring Valley now that the snow has almost completely gone. So much that lay hidden for so many weeks and months has been uncovered and life is getting back to normal.
I feel like embracing the whole of the great outdoors on a day like today! It feels so good to get out in the fresh air without being encumbered by heavy coats, scarves and gloves. After the winter we have just experienced I can fully appreciate every little sign of life that I come across on my way around the nature center even if it’s only a bird’s feather or a patch of lichen on a fallen tree branch.
Along the way I passed this bonfire, part of a controlled burn that is carried out intermittently at Spring Valley. Someone was busy clearing fallen branches and twigs, making way for new growth among the trees.
Now that the snow has melted it has left a lot of soggy areas but even these are a welcome sign that Spring may finally be here.
Plenty of activity at the farm as workers prepare fields and enclosures, getting them ready to receive visitors for the first of many events held here during the coming months.
Walking along the path leading away from Volkening Heritage Farm I heard a slithering among the fallen leaves and spotted this garter snake, just one of the many creatures beginning to stir now that the weather has taken a turn for the better.
Of course, I might have known all this was too good to be true. Although the temperatures climbed all the way to 68F today, they are due to plummet back down to the 40’s in a day or two. But I enjoyed this welcome respite from the cold and made the most of the opportunity.