We walked near this log and just about passed by, before we noticed ….
Lichen and Moss Fruiting 04 16 13 1
Lichen Moss Fruiting 04 16 13 2
technically, this is probably not a wildflower, but it sure is beautiful! Lichen and Moss growing in thick profusion all over this log, in a damp airy spot. Not sure which one is sending up the sporophytes or fruiting bodies, or whatever the lovely red parts are. Just a reminder to stand still and quietly now and then. Take a moment to look around and Breathe!
skunk cabbage blossom
skunk cabbage 2
skunk cabbage spathe & blossoms
Pretty amazing, Right? The skunk cabbage really is the very first wild flower that blooms each spring. They actually make their own heat and melt the snow around them. Here’s a link to a great article on Wisconsin DNR site all about the amazing Skunk Cabbage “Winter Heat in the Hood” .
Usually we see these in March, but the winter of 2012-2013 has been a long cold season, and even the skunk cabbage blossoms are getting a late start! By June and July, the large-leaved plants will cover parts of the canyon floor, and by late August, have wilted away. Look for them growing in the very damp “seep” areas of the canyon.
Even though we had some cold cold temps this past week, there are signs all around that spring is stirring as the sunlight grows stronger on our part of the planet. Here is the Big Picture, and the Close Up, of the same area near the pond.
winter bluff over pond 2013
winter to spring 2013
the white pine in the front yard is as big as a bus!