Here’s Patten Stream, disgorging our snow-melt into Patten Bay on Sunday, February 3:

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We’re in a warm phase again; it’s quickly thawing the most recent snow and ice that was created during our last freezing phase. This temperature back-and-forth is not good: tree and bush juices get confused, small mammal snow tunnels disappear, hibernating animals stir and even awaken, and septic systems solidify when the cold returns to freeze the ground that is no longer insulated by snow.  But, the melt has made some of our streams magnificent. Here’s Patten Stream again:

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(Surry, Maine)