The February sun is much more penetrating than it was in December and January and, even deep in the woods, the snow is melting. I hesitate to call the water in the above image a brook as it is so small and during many of the summer months it is completely dry. However, when temperatures reach the low seventies, as they did last week, and there is still plenty of snow left in the woods, this little rivulet flows with a lot of vigor.
The rivulet makes its way down over Juniper Hill where it joins Brennan Brook, which flows just past our property on its eastern border. Brennan Brook eventually empties into the South Branch of the Piscataquog River near Lyndeborough, NH. The South Branch then flows through New Boston and finally joins the main tributary of the Piscataquog River in Goffstown.
From there, the Piscataquog dumps into the much larger Merrimack River at Manchester, NH. The Merrimack then flows southeast, crosses into Massachusetts, continues through Lowell, Lawrence and Haverhill and finally dumps into the Atlantic around Newburyport, Ma.
During those days in February when the sun penetrates more deeply into the woods and our little rivulet is really flowing, I not only enjoy its soothing sound but also love to think about how the melting snow from our small woodland makes its tiny contribution to the great Atlantic.