Fallen Lantern — Elan Mudrow Photography

Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Oregon, March 2018

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19 Comments on “Fallen Lantern — Elan Mudrow Photography

  1. Fallen Lantern – Skunk Cabbage, also known by its poetic name Swamp Lantern, blooms a bright yellow spathe in March. This attracts insects for pollination and sometimes bears. (if you’re unlucky enough to run into a particularly hungry one). If you are inside the dark canopy of a temperate rain forest in March and come across a swampy area, created by slow moving or backed up water from a stream, you can see them dot the landscape, giving the forest a bit of a science fiction feel. This spadix and spathe had been uprooted, most likely by a human intruder (like me) and laid gently upon some very happy, wet, and sunny moss.

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  2. I think they’ve planted these in Heligan Gardens, over in UK, of all things. At least, they mentioned the rare Skunk Cabbage when I was on a tour and I thought, which one? I’ve only seen the reddish one, so cool to see a yellow bloom.

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  3. I thought it was sideways, but beautiful anyway!

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  4. Oh, you were looking at Fallen Lantern. Sorry about that. You will see that it’s down on the ground lying on some moss. That’s why it’s “Fallen”. If I were to switch it around. One it would be just another closeup of a flower. Two. It would not produce the allegory which is kind of like a puzzle piece for you to figure out. Take care!

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