Early Telltale Signs Of Spring
There are a few annual signs that are observed here in Wisconsin that confirms spring is here.
The first sign is seeing the “V” shaped formation of geese overhead, followed shortly with the silence of the winter marsh broken by the songs of the Red-Winged Blackbirds, as they perch atop the cattail seed heads.
In the upland woods, Round-lobed Hepatica will start to appear as the snow retreats.
And in the wet areas around the creeks, skunk cabbage pushes up from the cold ground.
When It Is In Full Swing
When spring is in full swing, the days are longer (and maybe, but not always) warmer. Leaves on the trees in the woods start leafing out, filling in the openness left behind in fall.
Migrating birds arrive in flocks, filling the air with the songs from this natural aviary.
That’s not all – skunk cabbage leaves become vibrant green. With their large leaves, Skunk Cabbage is immediately noticeable in any wetland area.
Wonder Where It Got It’s Name?
A broken or crushed leaf gives off a “skunk-like” aroma (so the story goes). I’ve tried it, and it isn’t that bad!
While hiking in the early morning following an overnight rain, I came across a very large patch of skunk cabbage along the creek.
Leaves from each plant were intermingling with others, forming a concentrated covering of green.
While studying the leaves, I was searching for the overlap that prevented any background distraction.
A portion of the image (not necessarily all of it) needed to be of one leaf displaying its raindrops.
After evaluating this large patch from many different angles, I found what I was looking for. Notice how the veins of the leaf start to direct your eye to the raindrops – which individually command your attention?s
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1Ds Mark III, Canon 70-200 mm f/2.8 L II USM
focal length 200mm
ISO 50, 1.3 seconds, f/22
spot metering, manual, Gitzo tripod, 2 second mirror lock-up delay
Pike Lake Unit, Kettle Moraine State Forest, Hartford, Wisconsin.