But what I found was more winter…
I started my day at the Lowell Holly Conservation Area in Mashpee. This is usually a delightful place to walk but it had many icy and snowy areas along the trails that were tricky to navigate.
There were many lovely vistas however
You find lots of white pine, beech and of course, American holly here. I also found a nice little stand of Princess pine and tea berry .
Carpet moss is nice and green but the lake is still mostly frozen.
Later, at the Jehu Pond Conservation Area I saw lots of trailing arbutus leaves so mayflowers will be blooming soon!
I saw my first pine warbler of the season and courting hairy woodpeckers but the woods were pretty quiet.
One thing that becomes obvious as the snow melts is how tough winter was for birds and other wildlife. I found signs and remains of multiple birds and even those of a hawk .
But I also found this– a little reminder of the hope that is spring!