Thursday, March 4, 2010

Hints of Spring

Looking outside, Kalamazoo is in the middle of winter. Icicles hang from the eaves and snow blankets the ground. Plowed snowbanks are still shoulder-high. But, there are some clues that Winter is ending: longer days, milder temperatures, and more sun.

Buckets on maple trees are the truest sign of Spring. The buckets collect sap used to produce maple syrup. Warm afternoons and below-freezing nights cause sap to flow, so even though it feels like winter the trees are awakening.

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