Skunk Cabbage Landscape

Skunk cabbage, French Beach Provincial Park, British Columbia.
(Camera: Olympus Stylus Epic; Film: Kodak Ektar 100)

The leaves of the skunk cabbage can grow to 1.5m (5 ft) long, but what’s really impressive to me is just how vivid green they are, especially when they’re new and wet from a morning shower. And if you’re ever out for a walk in the woods on Vancouver Island and smell skunk, you can bet the odour is coming from lysichilon americanum and not Pepé Le Pew — we don’t have skunks here on the Island.

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