The recent dramatic temperature change from less than 30ºF below to more than 60ºF above within a few days left some woodland areas with quickly melting thin ice sheets that had previously captured some of the decaying vegetation.

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The unusual part here is that everything happened quickly, shock-frosting and shock-thawing, leaving everything in a rather pristine state.

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It felt like encountering the remnants of an alien civilization, that had left us some of its writing, with only hours to capture their message.

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Of course there was nothing else to do but frantically take pictures, hoping that what looked interesting might also be significant.

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The chances are of course slim that after this will have happened to us, an alien civilization will arrive in time to decipher what’s left of us.

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I am afraid it will be less beautiful anyway.

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