This weekend I set off on a little quest to find skunk cabbage. Any plant that can produce its own heat is worth a look, I think. Since the kids didn’t share my enthusiasm for stinky plants with thermogenesis, I got to take a solo hike.
Ice edged Wildlife Pond, but it didn’t seem to bother the Canada Geese.
I wasn’t sure where (or whether) skunk cabbage existed in Claude Moore Park. I had a vague recollection of seeing some near what is now the south entrance of the park, but that was many years ago, when long-departed beavers had dammed the stream. To me, the wetter areas near the ponds seemed a likely place to start.
Of course, I had to keep stopping because I was distracted by all the other plants.
I find their different forms and textures fascinating.
And I am quite enamored with my new macro lens. I can’t wait to start finding spring blooms. Or skunk cabbage.
Continuing around the pond, I happened upon a spot where I believe a goose met its demise, perhaps due to the resident coyotes.
The feathered area was about as large as I was, and the feathers were soft and perfect.
A family emergency called me home before I’d even made it around the pond, so I never did find the skunk cabbage, but on my way back to the car I saw these square berries.
Readers, do you have any idea what these could be? My online searching yielded no useful information.
At any rate, I’m glad I got out by myself for a bit.