Every March, I go to the woods in the hope that I will find evidence that spring has begun. For me, that’s when skunk cabbage emerges from the mud or, as is the case this year, through the snow.
Skunk cabbage has heat-generating properties, which allows it to melt the snow and ice around it.
Today, March 7, I visited Pilcher Park Nature Center in Joliet, Illinois. It took only a minute to hunt down a skunk cabbage and the signal that spring is here! See Photo A.
Earlier this afternoon, I searched for spring at beautiful Black Partridge Woods in Lemont, Illinois. I headed straight for the muddy skunk cabbage habitat at the base of the bluffs. No sooner than I had reached the spot and looked into the water, there it was, a sign of spring that has had me laughing all day long: a Rawlings baseball. It rests in water where, in just a short time, will be filled with fanning skunk cabbage leaves (See Photo B).
Now celebrate! Spring is here, one way or another.
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