Upton Morgan State Forest

It was a cold March 3rd and I wanted to find some Skunk Cabbage, which melt through the snow with their own heat.  I knew there were Skunk Cabbage next to the bridge in Upton – Morgan State Forest so off I went.DSCN0029

Skunk Cabbage put out their flowers before they put out leaves.

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The flowers are inside the covering, and the smell is supposed to be like rotting flesh but to be honest I didn’t smell it to find out.  They grow in the very wet soggy soil right next to the water.

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I accidentally broke off a small flower and, since it was already broken, I opened it up.

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You can see the yellow flower as well as the strange insect that was hiding inside.  While hiking I thought someone was pounding in a stake in the forest from the sound but what I found was a large woodpecker.

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All in all, it was an interesting half hour, quarter mile walk.  See other Upton-Morgan posts for maps and more on Skunk Cabbage.

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