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Angus Gholson Jr Nature Park, Chattahoochee, FL

So despite the winter storm approaching from the west, the rain held off long enough for us to go out on a volunteer workday and pull invasive plants along the slopes and floodplain of the Apalachicola River where it crosses the Georgia border on its short run to the Gulf of Mexico. Someone new, Ms Diana, has taken over the organizing duties but still there were 5 of us today. A small group but I am sure she will add more volunteers as we go along. We filled 7 big bags with mostly coral ardisa, some nandina, and a few privet seedlings. A lot more got pulled and piled too but for sure the red berries got bagged and hauled away.

Ok, that's where we were, here is what I saw.

First off is a small yellow aster, a holdover from fall that should have bloomed and gone to seed 2 months ago. Apparently down in the shady floodplain, time goes slower.

Actually the first thing I did when I got to the park was stroll over to where the natural swimming pool used to be back in the day when the city-owned park was "whites only" and then closed when that was no longer a proper thing. Now it's just a wet mess with exotic Elephant Ears dominating but in a few months there will be native rain lilies. Anyways - I was surprised to see a Trillium already up. Yeah Spring!!

That's it for me. Just a simple bucket of my local observations today. What's going on where you are? I guess the northeast is socked in with snow, and anyone south of me in the FL Peninsula (Hi Lenny) - you got rain coming!

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