In early spring in my community, which borders Oak and Spring Creeks, the water runs a beautiful olive color. On the other side of Oak Creek, a single sycamore stands, soaking its feet in the damp earth, getting ready to bud. At this spot, I often see herons, mergansers, wood ducks and mallards. Not too far from here, I spotted a massive snapping turtle, sunning itself on a spot of dry earth by the water’s edge. It must have been eighteen inches across.
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