Tag Archives: Wetlands

Damselfly Dayspring

 

Dragonfly Dayspring

Damselfly at First Flight

Hiking at first light, I captured this damselfly soon after it emerged from the wetlands. Still largely translucent, not much of its characteristic color and marking are on display.

 

Skunk Cabbage – Springs First Flower (7 Photos)

Floral Friday

Its in a beauty category of its own. No flashy petals or rays make it stand out.  Its flower is more of an egg like spike. Beauty most likely is seen in the hood like bract that contains the flower – kind of pitcher plant like.

Flies and beetles appropriately pollinate the spike, what else wants to endure its smell. They seem to grow in pairs, deeply rooted in marshy ground, with signature Gnome-like hoods of maroon and green.

The leaves are starting to come on now, so you’ll need to get your chores boots on soon and take a muddy hike.

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.