About time they showed up after being mentioned for a few days. Skunk Cabbage-Symplocarpus foetidus, with a variety of other names such as Polecat Weed, is found in wet areas such as the seep located along the road in Quabbin Park. These spathes provide their own heat and can melt up through snow and ice to begin the season as one of Spring’s (or late winter’s) earliest flowering plants. It’s edible once you get past the smell which reminds of skunk when the leaves are crushed. I’ve not tried it and since I don’t forage am not likely to. The plants also have purported medicinal uses although there isn’t a lot of proof they are actually therapeutic.
I was looking for them anyway, but when I saw the pleasing green from the algae in the water I was drawn to this cluster with the nice background. You might notice a bit of texture from the thin layer of ice sitting atop the seep, an area where water just oozes up through the soil creating a temporary pool.