Early Wildflowers: a Wetland Favorite

Having failed in my attempt to photograph a migrating Woodcock, I veered away from the wet thickets to a nearby hemlock swamp. I hoped to find something of interest in the melting snow.

As far as I know, Skunk Cabbage (Arum family) is the first wetland wildflower to surface and bloom. The flowers aren’t the main attraction though: it’s the protective hood, a shapely, multicolored spathe, that draws us into the muck for a closer look…and confirmation that Spring is indeed on its way.



Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.


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