Monday, March 14, 2022
Aftermath of the Snow and hard freeze: March 14 at the Cloister at Three...
Here I follow up on some early spring flowers and on the 'Mourning Cloak' butterfly that I met and captured digitally as the first signs of spring over the past week.
Since I photographed these early pioneers of the new season, a fierce winter storm roared through the Blue Ridge Mountains with 5 to 7 inches of snow, 50 mph winds, and the temperature plunging into the single digits.
I was wondering how these denizens of the deep woods coped with such an extreme weather change, so today I revisited some of them.
There are also a few new features, sort of a potpourri of observations and experiences on this four-mile hike, which took me 1200 feet up a mountain side and back down again in a big loop.
Did these adventuresome early arrivals survive? Or was their premature emergence all a grand folly that ended in their quick demise?