Skunk cabbage-I guess it’s true, spring is approaching!

The spathe of the thermogenic skunk cabbage. A harbinger of spring!  
Like most plants with spathes, skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) is poisonous. 
Sunday was gray and dreary, but it was also relatively warm, close to 50 F. Since I was itching to get out and move around, I went out exploring on the Cary Property down some of the cross country ski trails behind the cold storage/rearing facility area.
Sadly, most of the snow has melted here in the Hudson Valley
The creeks and streams are swollen from the recent rain and snow melt.

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