Still Learning To See

Small, sure signs

I love Hubbard Park in Montpelier! There is a fabulous sledding hill and a traffic caution sign indicating the sledding ahead. Where can you see a sign saying “slow down for sledders?!”


I was in the park again yesterday looking at the Pileated Woodpecker hole and showing them to author, naturalist and fellow blogger Mary Holland. We had a good time exploring and enjoying a bright sunny day even if temperatures were still on the coolish side. She’s someone I’ve long admired via her writing and it was a delight to finally meet her in person.


One of the other signs we found is a clear indication of the continued move toward Spring: leaves laying on top of the snow—mostly Red Oak and American Beech—are being warmed enough by the sun to melt the snow beneath and sink it just a bit. Interestingly, they were still on top of the snow two days ago but bright sun since has made the difference.

Yes, it is a small sign but a sure one that Spring is on the way. And until it actually arrives we can still do some darned fine sledding.


This entry was published on March 1, 2015 at 10:28 pm. It’s filed under Hubbard Park, John Snell, John Snell Photographer, Snow, Spring, Vermont, Winter and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Small, sure signs

  1. Deborah Leu on said:

    I love sign posts of all sorts, and the sledder sign is great – and a new one to me! Yes, small signs of spring despite our 8″ of fresh snow the night before last.

  2. Karen Dailey on said:

    As Dale goes out in our new snow to cross country ski and feed the birds again, I am delighted to see your early signs of spring, for slowly but surly spring is inching its way into our world. Thanks for sharing your “sure signs”…we all need and enjoy them this time of year! xxoo

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