Gratuitous pug photographs to get you in the holiday mood. No pugs were harmed or tortured in making these shots. She likes the snow.
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Should be near 60 °F today, so wanted to post a wintry photograph before it’s terribly out of season. From a local horse farm.
Photograph of Eastern skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) covered with snow. I didn’t confirm with a thermometer, but these are famous for heating themselves up, maintaining 35 °C (95 °F) internal temperature even when outside air is below freezing. Heat helps volatilize the awful smell, which can be attractive to flies and beetles, but also creates a hot “room” inside the curved leaf (spathe) that surrounds the inflorescence on the spadix (hidden from view at this angle). But a more likely hypothesis of why this ability evolved is that thermoregulation protects pollen tube growth and female reproductive structures from frost damage. Either way, one of my favorite plants. Growing in the Crum Woods, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
Some snowy photographs to get everyone in the Christmas mood — just click on photo below to jump to full gallery. In case you’re interested, the coating on needles is from rime frost, not hoar frost. That said, the title of the photograph below is “Hoar house” because it amuses me.