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.
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Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who spends her time exploring and learning about the unique history and nature in North East Ohio. She lives with her husband and cat in Wooster where she is also a family portrait and nature photographer as well as grows and cans her own vegetables. When she's not doing that, yoga and embroidery (not at the same time) are other things she enjoys.