While I don't like to get ahead of myself, it's so important to embrace each season as a whole rather than longing for past or future seasons, this warm spell has certainly awoken the Earth and the unmistakable signs of spring are popping up everywhere.
Early plants are already making their presence known adding spots of green across the forest floor.
With the heavy rains we've been having the mosses and lichen are showing off their bright green glows, it almost looks like a rainforest in certain areas.
Vernal pools are filling with water in preparation for frogs and salamanders to emerge from their winter homes and gather here to mate. The rains have also brought the rivers and streams back to life falling and tumbling over rocks and boulders.
Although it seems the forest is waking up, it's still quite early and we have another month until spring is here. It has been a refreshing interlude though.
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.