Some of us went cycling in our shorts recently, with actual bare legs.
Dr. Diarist took a spin on Basil, since I was going to be taking Argyll to New York on my own soon, and needed a bit of practice on Argyll’s taller handlebars. (We traded back quickly; Dr. D. really needs that taller reach, and I really don’t!)
We saw actual grass. All that green was almost dazzling; we’d begun to think that the color of outdoors was always going to be white.
We revisited the skunk cabbage, having read up about them, and identified it properly. The proper name is Symplocarpus foetidus, apparently because it stinks just like foetidus (or a skunk, as you prefer) when the leaves are crushed. (No cabbage were hurt in the course of our investigations.)
The prickly orb within — actually bright yellow in real life (as opposed to my photo) — is called a spadix.
More neutral colors still abound elsewhere on the trail. At this time of year, this section looks like a fairy-tale forest to me (at least if you imagine the asphalt as some more organic surface).
Birds are twittering, and we saw our second cardinal of spring — a flash of scarlet in the tangled branches — so there are unmistakable signs that spring is on the way.
This year we’re not feeling very trusting, though, no matter what the skunk cabbage think.