BRENT PENNINGTON Scrub pine on the heath barrens at the Eales Preserve on Moosic Mtn, 29 March 2013.


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.

BRENT PENNINGTON Ground cover starts to rebound following winter at the Eales Preserve on Moosic Mtn, on the morning of 29 March 2013.

Brent Pennington is a freelance photographer and the driving force behind The Roving Photographer. When he\’s not working with portraiture or promotional clients, he’s usually in the field, hiking, or kayaking in pursuit of nature and wildlife shots.

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