Lick Brook was a wood sprite's paradise earlier this week. Sunday and Monday were mild and back-to-back jaunts showed us what a difference a day makes when winter's grip is finally broken. Well. Until summer solstice, we can't be sure that winter is ever all that far behind us and it's always in front of us. Here is a glimpse, on a breezy Monday afternoon with a handheld macro lens, of what delights are in store for the lover of early spring in a small patch of northeastern woodlands.