The hills are alive with the sound of … fast water. Snowstorms, followed by thaws and rains, followed by more snowstorms, thaws, and rains, have raised our water table and engorged our woodland streams. We may have a very lush spring. Here's Patten Stream roaring into Patten Bay yesterday after a snow flurry the night before:


Here's an image taken February 5 after a thaw; it shows a spring-fed stream starting to ice up as it gurgles through a patch of mossy Brooklin woods:


(Brooklin, Maine)