The Visual West -- In Praise of Skunk Cabbage

 

On a recent trip to the Grand Mesa in Colorado, my eyes kept returning to the amazing stands of what many locals call skunk cabbage unfurling  from the recently snow-covered meadows. The species, Veratrum tenuipetalum, is not related to the Eastern skunk cabbage. Other folks call the plant corn lily, though it is not a lily. Whatever you call it, the plant is photogenic harbinger of summer in the high country. Here are a few shots:

 

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Paul Larmer is the executive director of High Country News.