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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The other 'first green'

This plant is usually the very first green I see in the season.  The aptly-named Skunk Cabbage.  Although it smells bad when stepped on, it's a marvel of a plant.  It generates enough heat to melt through the March snow cover.  This year, the creek didn't freeze, so they've started early.  They are a strange looking plant, there's no denying that, but they have a certain beauty about them.  Able to grow in places other plants cannot, they have a hard 'shelter' early in the season, with those beautiful green leaves spiraling up into the sun later on.

F Number8.0
Lens IDLUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm F3.5-5.6
Focal Length45.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 90.0 mm)
Exposure Time1/60
Exposure ProgramManual
Exposure Compensation0
FlashOff, Did not fire


  1. I only learned upon coming up to the Hudson Valley what a precious sign of spring the skunk cabbage is. Ever since, I seek them out. Such a hopeful sign of spring!

  2. People who live elsewhere don't realise how hungry we are for even a little bit of green on the ground. I love seeing those skunk cabbages emerging from their pods!


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