Tuesday, January 10, 2006

January Thaw

After all the snow and temperatures in the single digits, it is nice to go out and see the ground again. Sunday we all went on a short walk through the woods at Lilley Park and saw a muskrat swimming under the ice in Turtle Rock Pond. My son looked for "microinvertebrates" and poked at a dead fish frozen in the top of the ice, and my daughter tripped and fell into a slush puddle, but it was still good to see some new things and get a little sunshine.

The European buckthorn that has invaded is really obvious at this time of year, and is especially thick along the edges of the walking paths.

Unfortunately, the sun still sets far too early at this time of the year.

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