Springs First Wildflower

Skunk Cabbage Flower

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Skunk Cabbage Flower 

Skunk Cabbage reigns as springs first wildflower, although it usually can be found by the end of February. While some look to the harbinger of spring in the Red Winged Blackbird, I choose to search out the first Skunk Cabbage flower. It comes first – or brings hope earlier.

It grows in wetlands requiring dedicated effort to seek it out off the trail. It took me til this past weekend to seek it this year, but the satisfaction of muddy boots, dirty knees and fresh air for this capture ruled my  morning.

Skunk Cabbage is unique, forging its way into the world producing its own heat to melt late winter and early spring snows. The flower is undramatic, yet beautiful in its simple if rugged symmetry.  Its one big drawback…it stinks, like a skunk.

Given the conditions, I captured this shot at 55mm with a 20mm extension. I used the ISO auto setting at f6.3, aperture priority.

I’ll share some more of its captivating character later in the week.

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7 thoughts on “Springs First Wildflower

  1. Pingback: Springs First Wildflower | the Ordinary Hiker | franciscansonthemountains

    1. the Ordinary Hiker Post author

      According to Wikipedia, it’s a process involving cellular respiration and thermogenesis, which explains nothing to me, but I know it is true. Only a few plants have the capability. They are fairly common in damp rural areas

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