After leaving Archbald Regional Park on Friday morning, I stopped up at the Eales Preserve on Moosic Mountain to see how the season was developing there. I also had the faint hope that the Eastern Towhees would be back. No dice on that one, which wasn’t a surprise. It’s amazing how much difference a change in elevation can make, the climb from early spring in the valley to not-quite-yet at the mountaintop.
Spring is still climbing the mountain. There are few signs of it there; the scrub pine is still the only green in sight, the heath barrens are, well, barren. But looking close, there are a few faint signs. A few small pieces of ground cover are starting to revive. It was a very bleak landscape, well-suited to black & white, so you can’t see any of that color, but the following image is one such piece of plant life that’s starting to return to life.