The forces of warmth and rain have won the latest battle here against the forces of cold and snow, forcing a retreat of most of the snow occupiers to their dark hiding places. The winter’s meteorological war is scheduled to resume tomorrow with a counterattack by the cold forces. During the thaws, however, the sleeping woods seem to awaken briefly.


The image above shows that the mosses, especially, can be resurrected from their frozen, almost gray winter dormancy into temporary vibrancy. It also provokes an odd thought: Maybe the old proverb ought to be modified to read: Rolling stones gather no moss, but leaning trees can. (Brooklin, Maine)