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keywords: leaves, spider, ground beetle, salamander, stonewall
The Agawamuck is already showing cobble banks. Perhaps we'll get a second spring flood with the April Showers. Sorry for the grey picture, it was a grey day...
A Wolf Spider (clutching an egg sac underneath her) and a Ground Beetle were exposed when I lifted a rock. Wolf Spiders stalk prey, but they do produce silk and use it for spinning a protective nest.
The cut stump of a stream-side Willow. Notice the broad annual rings, at least towards the center of the stump. This was a fast-growing tree and looked like it was little more than 30 years old. A similar-sized Hemlock on the hillside might be more than 150 years old.
The thawed edge of the Fire Pond, awaiting the arrival of 'vernal pool amphibians'. I went to Black & White for this photograph, why fight the greyness?
A Red-backed Salamander that had been resting beneath a rock. This little guy apparently lost the tip of his tail at some point.
Four leaves from the leaf litter. They look to be (from left to right) Sugar Maple, Hop Hornbeam, Chestnut Oak and Red Oak. The first two leaves tend to break down much more quickly than those of the Oaks.
This rockwall heads determinedly up Phudd Hill. Why? Rocks were usually assembled when fields were plowed, and yet it is hard to imagine this rocky talus was ever plowed. If it ever was, the exposed dirt was probably quickly washed away, leaving.... rocks.
This vernal pool on the side of Phudd Hill showed no signs of frogs or salamanders yet, but its waters were already tinged with algal green.