It felt like spring today. It wasn't just me, the chickadees and titmice sounded like they thought spring was in the air. The trees are not fooled, however, and cold weather is coming back tonight, or so the National Weather Service thinks. Here's a tender spring bud growing in a black locust thorn axil. (An April photo, not a January thaw event.)
Here's the reason our ridge top is dominated by black locust--it spreads by stout runners just under or on top of the ground.