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Early Signs of Spring

At this time of year in the mid-Atlantic, we’re usually entrenched in cold gray dreary days & wet weather. January, unless it snows, is not known for being a pretty month. But if you take some time during your rushed walks to the car, by now you can find some signs that spring truly is on its way.

I caught these shoots at my office in Howard County on Jan 19. But I also saw a field of shoots just like these on Jan 8 – at Patapsco Valley State Park along the river.

In January, trees are bare. Or are they? Take a closer look and you can see the buds starting to form. Wouldn’t it be fun to learn trees so well that you can ID them just from their buds!

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