Spring has arrived at Conkle's Hollow in south-eastern Ohio. The upper rim trail is a short course in beauty and fear. The 2.5 mile trail winds along unprotected precipices, offering dizzying views of the Hocking Hills.
This high-rise portion of the trip is not for everybody. It is not for those with a fear of heights, and please, leave the children on the lower trail. In this day of liability, it is surprisingly free of handrails or barriers. Drink in the scenery, but sip slowly, and watch your step.
Look for these attractive purplish-red culms to help you identify this sedge. The leafless stalks will bear fruiting bodies in record time with the 70-plus degree days in March this year.
Is there any doubt it portends that which is to come?