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April Fool’s has come and past

What’s missing from this picture?

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This (before winter),S0165052fp

this (during)

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and this (just after; all at about the same spot):

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Delicate forbs frozen out, nibbled away and not yet re-emerged, ferocious nor’easters passed (we hope), and sintered drifts slowly yielding to higher sun and milder breeze. With a forgettable anniversary safely (?) behind, we look forward to the re-emergence of what is hidden, passive

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Snow-Dalek?

or active,

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Volodrome

emerging below

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and above:

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Though somewhat indeterminate in duration, the path from burial

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to bare ground

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is straight and reasonably well-defined.

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And while the pond remains largely ice-locked, narrow borders melted by sun on the north side

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and in-flowing groundwater on the southS0074756fp

provide just enough distance from four-legged predators and access to the rich pickings and pluckings of the looking-glass realm burgeoning beneath

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to induce the return of a first pair of swans

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whose mute mating semaphore and thunderous wing-beats signal that the last snows will soon pass into mist;

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that the patient and persistent shall in due time prevail.

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