Two more harbingers of spring

Over winter we have been able to observe flocks of trumpeter swans in pools, meadows and the ocean. Yesterday I met this couple contemplating their future and the upbringing of their young about to come.

I met these swans as I went out looking for skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus). Skunk cabbage belongs to the Arum family. The plant grows in very wet areas and has a distinctive and pungent odor that goes definitely swampy as they grow bigger and older, but initially to my nostrils the smell is a good one, albeit a strong one. Because of their environment they are not always easy to get really close to, but for this shoot my feet stayed relatively dry. In their old age these plants’ fragrance turns sweeter and a bit sickly.  The nose will let you know when you get close. This field, though, had no noticeable smell. The flowers are as beautiful as any spring flower. They look more exotic as they grow more massive. Well, that is my opinion. No one I know thinks anything of them, but these are them.