As the snow was melting, i watched patches of bare earth come to light. A circle of ground around a tree indicates to me that it's sugaring season--the sap is flowing in the maple trees.
But this year i noticed, bare spots around plants in the garden. Wow! Plants must exude some small amount of heat? I can imagine that they are "thirsty" when they wake up from their l-o-n-g winter's sleep, so melted snow would "taste" delicious.
Must be that mysterious "life force." We ourselves require "fire" (heat) to bind our own earth, water, and wind together. When the "fire" leaves, the other "elements" fall apart.
Now winter is falling apart as patches of snow melt into the earth.