Finished boiling the sap I collected before the cold front came through last week. Even though maple syrup is a little off topic for this blog, I decided to post about it because I like how the picture shows the glow of the syrup like it’s some sort of enchanted elixir. I suppose maple syrup is a bit fantastical in a sense – it’s basically liquid sunshine stored in tree roots until the frozen darkness of winter passes. And then it gets poured over pancakes. The sap rising in maples is a true harbinger of spring and certainly phenological. It would be interesting to know how our changing climate is affecting the springtime behavior of trees. Perhaps syrup production documentation such as this blog post will provide insight for climate researchers in the future.