03.23.2021 A skunk in a seep

Besides the leaves under glass this seep also hosts skunk cabbage-Symplocarpus foetidus which I visit most years at this time. For those unfamiliar, these are the flower buds which precede leafing out and create their own heat so are often seen poking through ice.  The broken leaves do give off a smell similar to skunk spray.

I may have photographed this same clump last year or not.  It looks a bit like this share from last February. Sometimes they are multicolored and other times just green.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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17 Responses to 03.23.2021 A skunk in a seep

  1. shoreacres says:

    It looks as though spring is seeping into your consciousness.


  2. In an article by the Appalachian Mountain Club I found this:

    “Skunk cabbage generates warmth by breaking down starch that it has stored over the winter in its roots and rhizome, or underground stem. In a process called thermogenesis, it uses oxygen to break down sugar, releasing heat.

    “’It’s basically doing what we do” but on a smaller scale,’ Holdrege says. It’s behaving physiologically like a mammal.

    “The skunk cabbage can keep its temperature fairly constant at about 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit for a week or two in early spring, even if the outside temperature is fluctuating. Once this crucial period is over, it stops generating heat.”

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  3. Very interesting image Steve! Liked seeing it!

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  4. Todd Henson says:

    Ah, yes, here they come. 🙂 The fact they generate their own heat is fascinating.

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    • There’s a lot more to plants than photosynthesis although that is their most important function for the rest of life on Earth. The book I mentioned above is filled with some amazing stories of their strategies to succeed.


  5. Monica Singh says:

    Surreal! It’s scenes like this that make me marvel at nature’s creativity. You have captured it in your lens so beautifully.

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    • Lately I’ve been reading about the plant kingdom’s strategies for survival and success in increasing the numbers of members. Some amazing things have evolved. Thank you, Monica!


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