Gossamer Tapestry

Reflections on conservation, butterflies, and ecology in the nation's heartland

Monday, February 16, 2009

First Skunk Cabbage

Symplocarpus foetidus

Sunday's walk out at the Fen revealed the year's first blooming plant. The skunk cabbage is beginning to put in an appearance. It's always the first plant in flower. A couple of years back, I blogged about its interesting life history. This is a pretty minimal sign of spring- this is the only one that we found in flower. Real spring is still weeks away.

Last night, I kicked Homer's ass in Lexulous. Tonight it's not going nearly so well, though I'm managing to stay in the game so far.

Tomorrow I pack. Again. I'm going to a forum about living collections sponsored by the Institute for Library and Museum Services. They are paying for the travel, and I get to go to San Diego. Sigh. Actually, San Diego is one of my favorite places to visit, and I'm really looking forward to the forum. I'm not flying back to Chicago until Sunday afternoon, as I plan to spend the weekend in the desert.

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At 01:04, Blogger SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

These first signs of spring are so important and I always get very excited when I see them. So you are off again, enjoy it and bring us back some lovely pictures of sunrise in the desert please. :)

At 09:52, Blogger robin andrea said...

I love seeing the first signs of spring emerging out of the brown leafy litter of winter. Always so pretty and welcome.

Enjoy your travels to San Diego and the local deserts.

At 11:12, Blogger Ur-spo said...

I remember skunk cabbage from biology - the first to bloom of the spring plants.
Please bring rain gear to San Diego - it is rather soggy this week.

At 17:08, Blogger rodger said...

Normally I'd be jealous of your San Diego trip but they're getting our rain so I'll just say...have a great time!

At 22:12, Blogger Jim Lemire said...

I'll have to look around here for our skunk cabbage - probably still too early. I'm always encouraged by these sort of predictable, reoccurring natural cycles - it gives me hope that things are OK still.

At 22:14, Blogger Jim Lemire said...

...kinda like the phrase "pitchers and catchers reporting"!

At 07:48, Blogger Dave Coulter said...

Now there's one plant I have never seen in the wild. Maybe it's over here by the river?

At 19:23, Blogger Kathie Brown said...

Doug, how well I remember skunk cabbage from my youth in CT! Haven't seen one in a long time though! Have fun out in the desert. I hope it is warm and sunny for you! Thanks for IDing my butterfly a couple of posts back!

At 22:42, Blogger Amila Suwa said...

Nice to see that interesting-sounding flower. Enjoy the trip!

At 17:57, Blogger Fresh Kiki said...

Gosh your life really sucks Doug....Ok so I am jealous!
Skunk cabbage in the stream beside the House on Magnolia Ave is certainly a sign of spring for me


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