I led a winter tracking hike into the Mineral Hills for Kestrel Land Trust. There wasn’t much snow or mud even so there weren’t a lot of tracks to see. But what a beautiful morning to be out in the woods! The ice and snow was melting away, leaving the sun to warm up the lichen. The name British Soldiers comes from the late 1700’s when colonists were still having a bit of a problem with british soldiers. To me, they look like miniature tulips blooming. The pink earth lichen were also blooming all over the place! And we enjoyed some horsetails as well. Click on the photo to enlarge.