Thursday, October 04, 2007

Skunk cabbages sprouting?

This doesn't seem quite right. Usually I first see my skunk cabbages (Symplocarpus foetidus) coming up through the snow in January (see January 20th.) Why are they sprouting now? Or is this something I've missed in other years? Here is one with it's big pineapple-ly seed pod:

And another:

The spicebush by the river is turning yellow. It has tiny green buds at the tips of the branches.

A lichen and a mushroom on the bank.