February/March 2003: In Rhode Island, this winter brought unusually cold weather and more than 50 inches of snow. After huddling inside most of January, we made our way out cautiously in February and March. Returning to the shore and forest we found the algae, fungi, and lichens doing well. We're looking forward to following the progression of spring through the emergence of skunk cabbage, fiddleheads, and red filamentous seaweeds (among others).
|On a sunny day we find some of our old friends: lots of big Ulva and the first large Palmaria we've seen since Fall....|
|We follow the Pachaug Trail from Rhode Island into Connecticut, winding through high pine forests, swampy lowlands, rocky bluffs, and hemlock groves....|
|A cool sunny day at South Ferry Beach revealing lots of Porphyra in drift, good-looking Fucus, and possibly the largest Chondrus we've ever seen....|
|After another round of winter storms, the ice and snow receded enough for us to return to Pier 5 to investigate another low tide....|
|A very low tide and a break in the weather reveal an abundance of greens at the Pier....|