Early spring is not the prettiest time in Maine—we call it mud season. The ground cover looks flat and spent as if the winter has beaten it into submission. The soil, if not frozen, is waterlogged, where rain and melting snow collects into pools. But there is magic here. The freeing of the water from its winter solidity starts the return of life. The sun mixes in energy, powering a change in chemistry. Like an infinite blue sky that can suddenly become populated with clouds, this barren land will recover. Click on the image for a larger view.