But what is being harbinged? Skunk Cabbage-Symplocarpus foetidus is an early adopter of spring so one might think it indicates the arrival of that season. But this was on January 2nd. Just a wee bit early for anything to be budding around here. I’ve seen Skunk Cabbage budding up through the March snows, but mid-winter…not.
Now I will admit that this is in a roadside seep in Quabbin Park, usually warming quickly, and there are always early Skunk Cabbage buds and flowers, Not this early though. They generate their own heat and, hopefully, that will carry them through the predicted and expected cold weather ahead of us later this month. I’ll also admit that the leaves really attracted me here and I would have made this image even without the buds.
Rain as forecast all day today and just barely freezing tonight. Ah, but tomorrow night approaches single digits so ice for Monday morning may be a possibility.