One Man's Paradise



Western skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus)

A fine smell is in the air, skunk cabbage. Some complain about the smell, not me.

It provides the first intense color outside after 5 months of winter hues.

Due to it’s abundance, although short-lived, some consider it a weed. However, bears seam to eat the roots after hibernation for cleansing. It is supposed to contain a lot of calcium oxalate, which causes a prickly sensation, to say the least.


Flowers – № 1

"Fireworks", Alaska

“Fireworks”, Alaska

Summer wildflowers abound. There were violets, skunk cabbage, pasque flowers, dandelions, western columbines, poppies, prickly roses, lupines, buttercups, and so many more.

“The earth laughs in flowers.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I picked the first raspberries… How can this be? 8 weeks ago there was snow and ice. Now it is mid summer, already? Note to self: Don’t look back, don’t wait for tomorrow, smell the wildflowers of today (since the roses are already gone).