In the heart of winter, a deep layer of snow blankets
fields and forests, ponds and wetlands. But under the
snow lies a hidden world.
Dozens of ladybugs pack themselves into a gap in an
old stone wall.
Voles spend their days tunneling through the snow.
A wood frog nestles in scattered leaves on the forest floor. It can freeze solid and still survive.
Buried in the mud, a frog and a turtle wait out the winter.
They never move and they barely breathe.
Next week I’ll share a piece written by a very clever fourth grader when I asked his class to do this exercise.