Our Oaks in Winter

winter oakToday’s a good one to be a deciduous tree. With freezing rain weighing down our conifers, the leafless twigs and branches of the oaks provide minimal surface area on which the ice can collect. Life is pared down. Buds are dormant, growth in hiatus. But oh, to know what’s going on inside these trees!  Have they noticed that we’ve turned the corner and days are slowly lengthening? And are they — like me —  counting the days until spring, when sap will rise, buds burst, and photosynthesis and its accompanying life processes recommence?

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