Subtle Signs of Spring

Bulging Buds- Lengthening daylight and increased radiation from the sun are triggering trees and shrubs to send the last of their energy reserves to the buds in anticipation for the coming spring and melting snowpack.

Top: AMC's Pinkham Notch Visitor Center in the foreground with Tuckerman and Huntington Ravines looming above. Taken 3/20/15.
Above: A Red Maple’s buds are ready to break out of their protective waxy shells.
Right:  Hobblebush flower and leaf buds are patiently waiting to open.

Photos courtesy of Stefan Shapiro, AMC Guide