I’ll admit it: I loved getting one more big snow storm before spring. And it transformed into great packing snow, allowing us to build forts and snow creatures when temperatures rose above freezing. What a lot of building material we had to work with! Each morning this week when I wake up to sub-zero temperatures, however, I find myself yearning more and more for spring.
The good news about early spring in New England, is that it signals the start of Maple Sugaring Season. We’ve had a few days when temperatures rose above freezing, allowing sap to flow. I didn’t have great luck with my first sumac spile (a.k.a. tap), so I made a second. I didn’t want my spile to completely plug my hole. This time I shaved away the bottom tip, drilled a deeper hole into the tree, and didn’t hammer the spile in as deep. This, I hoped, would allow sap flowing through the trunk to pool up inside my hole and flow out the spile. I set my bucket under the tap on the ground so that it wouldn’t disturb the spile in its hole. Success! I collected about a gallon of sap before temperatures dipped back below freezing.
Here are a few more photos after the last snowstorm, which dumped over a foot of snow. Wild March winds created drifts that evolved through the day and caught the beautiful dark blue of the evening sky.