February 28th, 2009
|03:32 pm - Two from North Beach Park|
Skunk Cabbage Shoot
North Beach Park, Seattle
You're considerably ahead of us. My woods are so full of skunk cabbage that the aroma is considerable. I wish I could smell it here right now.
This park probably has a lot of them. I saw two the other day. Seattle weather is the inverse of Minneapolis's -- long falls and springs, short summers and winters.
The Toad Woods value of "lots" comes in acres. About half of my property is wetlands that are a carpet of skunk cabbage come spring.
I get you on the long falls and springs bit, but I thought you knew about Minnesota summer. If it falls on a weekend, they have a picnic. I still remember my first August in Minneapolis. Steve Sullivan and I planned to go tubing on the Apple River that month. Every weekend it rained, and temperatures dropped to 45-55 degrees. Fahrenheit.
Massachusetts is more like Michigan, with nor'easters thrown in for good measure. The winters are full of freeze-thaw, but have none of that 30 below nonsense.
I remember there was always one week (at least) every winter where the temperature never got above 0F. And one week (at least) every summer where the temp did not get below 90F.
|Date:||March 1st, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)|| |
Very nice photos! Stills looks sort of wet and cold.
It was. The southern slope of the ravine was covered in snow. The northern slope and bottom had gotten enough sunlight to melt most of it. Yeah!
All hail Lysichiton americanum - we welcome thy fragrant return! :b
There were two shoots that I saw in the park, I bet there are more.
Every time I go hiking while I'm out in your area I always smell something that has a skunky smell. I'd never heard of skunk cabbage before, but now that I've seen this post I'll bet that's what I smell.
Unless it's skunks themselves, yep, this is probably what you smell. It's a wetland plant, low-lying areas.