Mt. Nusatsum

Mt. Nusatsum

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Skunk Cabbage

Last year about this time I wrote my post "The Smell of Skunk Cabbage in the Morning", which I talked about the deep and pungent aroma of Skunk cabbage (Lysichotin americanum) that wafts over parts of the Bella Coola on still days as we go into the spring.  It's a great plant and definitely an acquired 'smell', but I find it to be one of the key markers of the passing seasons.  It is just starting to pop out of the wet areas as we begin to warm and thaw.

Today though we turned back to a cold April day.  It was -1 this morning, then turned to a cold rain in the late afternoon with the snow level not that many hundred's of metres above the valley floor.  Grizzly

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