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marsh in rain

The bedraggled tussocks or hummocks that looked like heads have sprouted brand new hair--the original chia pets! They do indeed seem to be tussock sedge. And the skunk cabbage leaves have gotten very large and tropical seeming now, and the marsh marigolds are blooming, and in the rain it's so nice... I'll try to take a photo tomorrow.

Meanwhile, some tussock sedge:

and skunk cabbage

and marsh marigolds...

and rain


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May. 13th, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
beautiful images...
...especially the juxtapositon of the marsh marigolds and the rain. Enjoyed them very much..thank you!

My favourite colours (well..favorite colors to you!) are grey and green...the colour of the monsoon clouds, bringing rain to a parched land...and the colour of the plants that spring up with fresh hope and fertility as a result....
May. 13th, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
why is it called skunk cabbage? Does it smell?
May. 13th, 2006 08:37 am (UTC)
Re: why...
Like a skunk.
May. 13th, 2006 08:51 am (UTC)
Re: why...
oh...I smelt my first skunk this last trip to the US,at San Diego...my friend assured me that it was very far away...oh my goodness, why would anyone let anything grow that smelled even remotely like THAT? do skunks eat it?
May. 13th, 2006 09:03 am (UTC)
Re: why...
The smell only comes if you break the leaves, and it's much, much milder than the smell of a real skunk. That being said, I doubt most people do choose to have skunk cabbage in their gardens, but not many people go into the swamps or marshes (which is one reason I like them--they are left alone to be natural), so the skunk cabbage is free to grow.

One interesting thing about it: in the very early spring, it actually releases heat (some kind of metabolism) which melts the frost of the ground around it, so it is one of the very earliest plants to sprout. Bears apparently like to eat skunk cabbage shoots. I have once seen a bear in my neighborhood.

I love the colors grey and green together too!
May. 13th, 2006 09:33 am (UTC)
Skunk cabbage?!
Reminds me of the Indonesian fruit Durian - it tastes ok but stinks so badly that in public places there are sigs saying NO DURIANS ALLOWED HERE.


My. my, you are handy with the camera!

May. 13th, 2006 09:36 am (UTC)
May. 13th, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC)
Oh no, once again these are not my pictures--though I shall try to take some. These are ones I got from google. I wish I were that good!

Isn't it strange that something can smell bad and taste good? But I know it's true... Thanks for the link about durians!

Have you ever been to Indonesia? (I have not...)
May. 14th, 2006 01:43 pm (UTC)
Even if they aren't your pictures, they become yours from the choosing and the words. And like them whomever's they are/were!

I stayed in Jakarta for 2 months and Bali one month Summer 03/04.

Jakarta with an aunt and uncle who were pastors at a church, bali with a cousin who was leading the bali recovery project (after the bombing). So near and so different to Australia, for us it is an important place to visit. Like many developing countries, a land of contrast.

I felt a little neo-colonial.

May. 13th, 2006 11:00 am (UTC)
I can almost hear the rain falling.
May. 13th, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC)
It's a nice sound, isn't it!
May. 13th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
oh how nice!
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