Strange and Beautiful #3

Welcome to installment #3 of Strange and Beautiful an ongoing series of short photo essays featuring some of the strange and or beautiful things I find in my wanderings.

Installment #3 is five photos of Eastern skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) flowers. I was planning on holding off on doing another “Strange and beautiful”, so as not to do three in a row, but yesterday I saw the first flower of the season poking its head through the snow that it had melted. Yes that is right, it can actually raise the temperature of its surroundings in order to melt the snow. That is just one of many reasons that skunk cabbage is the essence of strange and beautiful.

If you want to see these in their flowering stage, get out soon and look for flat mucky areas next to creeks and wetlands. The flowers will be opening any day now.

These photos are from last year around this time.

Photo of Eastern skunk cabbage emerging.

Photo of Eastern skunk cabbage emerging.

Photo of Eastern skunk cabbage flower.

Photo of inside of Eastern skunk cabbage flower.

Photo of inside of Eastern skunk cabbage flower.

Thanks for reading.

Nate

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2 thoughts on “Strange and Beautiful #3

    1. Honestly, I have never been able to smell more than a faint odor on the ones around here, even when breaking the mature leaves. My two and a half year old son likes to point at the open flowers and say “Should a skunk go in there?”

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