Sunday, February 3, 2008

Not a groundhog

These fellows are skunk cabbage, and they don't need to look for a shadow to predict the coming of spring. In a sense, they make their own season, being able to raise their temperature above that of the immediate environment, often melting a covering of ice or snow as they push above the ground in late January or early February. This photo was taken in a marshy area along the Monoshone Creek, on the grounds of Thomas Mansion, Saturday, February 2.

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