The melting snow, several rain storms, and a resurgence of cold weather here have turned large coastal streams into torrents and caused small woods’ streams to overflow their mossy banks and form ice rinks for the deer. This image shows the mouth of Patten Stream emptying into Patten Bay at high tide last week:

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The image below, also taken last week, shows what a small Brooklin stream can do to the woods in winter:

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You better have cleats on to walk our woods in January. (Surry and Brooklin, Maine)