Vernal Streams

life_in_maine_vernal_streamsWarm weather has returned to Maine. Most of the snow pack has melted since last week. Because the melt happens long before the trees regain their foliage, the water collects in vernal streams and pools. Once the foliage returns, the trees will absorb that excess water. By summer, this area of our forest will have a thick carpet of fern. Click on the image for a larger view.