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Graver Arboretum - Bangor, PA

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 12 May 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.


Skunk Cabbage and budding trees at Graver Arboretum, Bangor, PA. This is a wonderful arboretum which is owned and operated by the Muhlenberg College in Bethlehem, PA. I will post a few more images of this arboretum in the coming week or two. I hope you like this view.....Although the name Skunk Cabbage implies otherwise, in reality, they really don't have much of an odor at all.


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rem_la from Villiers, France

ca doit être le paradis des escargots !

12 May 2011 5:25am

@rem_la: Oui, il semble être un véritable paradis pour les escargots, mais, curieusement, je n'ai jamais vu des escargots ici en Pennsylvanie. Merci rem_la!

Bill Brown from California, United States

Outstanding capture Denny! I especially like the various shades of green displayed in the image.

12 May 2011 5:34am

@Bill Brown: Thanks so much Bill - after the winters we have, everything, and I mean everything turns green - it's really kind of cool...but then around the end of July, I am ready for autumn colors...but this is fun stuff for sure....Thank yu so much!!

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Superb composition, Denny! Love the contrasting layers of foreground and trees in the background. Look forward to more from this arboretum series!

12 May 2011 8:01am

@Stephen: Thanks very mucj, Stephen...I will try to pick out some decent images...ALl the best!

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I like your low pov and the beautiful tones of fresh green... Looks like a very cool place ! Have a great day Denny :)

12 May 2011 8:58am

@Tamara: Hi is a cool place for sure, except when it is hot of course ;-) Thank you....have a great weekend coming up ;-)

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Getting down low like this really adds to the sense of being there among the 'skunk' !

12 May 2011 9:12am

@Ronnie 2¢: Boz Scaggs sang it best "Dirty Low Down" Thanks Ronnie and Lilly!!

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

I like the low perspective Denny.

12 May 2011 9:47am

@Julie Brown: Hi Julie - Thank yuo so much ;-)

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Love the low angle view of the forest floor Denny! The warm sunlight really enhances the fresh tender green of these cabbages! Well done! ;-)

12 May 2011 11:36am

@Eric Cousineau: Thank you so much, Eric!! Beautiful job on your current series!!

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

Really like your perspective here, and the way you get different layers of texture through the image. Also like the narrow format. Well done!

12 May 2011 1:26pm

@GJC: Hi GJC - Thank you so much...I really enjoy your images always ;-)

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Great photograph with those very differenciated subjects. Very well tuned up symphony of greens!

12 May 2011 2:26pm

@Francisco Romero: Hi Francisco - thank you very much. I love your red flowers today - just beautiful

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful shades of green! There is a path through the woods near my house and I always love looking at the skunk cabbage in the spring!

12 May 2011 2:37pm

@Elaine Hancock: HI Elaine ;-) Thank you very much - I really like your image for today!!

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Ooooh! Lovely composition- The green leads me all the way back to the trees! Excellent light too!

12 May 2011 2:57pm

@Tracy: Thanks Tracy - so great to hear from you - I hope all is well with that Sailor too!

franz from Baden, Austria

what a thick and exquisite carpet of green! very attractive scenerey, denny!

12 May 2011 3:26pm

@franz: Hi Franz! Thank you so much - They are very attractive in the spring and summer! Cheers ;-)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

My first thought about skunk cabbage was...RUN!! (on both counts - skunk, and cabbage). ;-) Nice shot.

12 May 2011 3:31pm

@B. Thomas: When you go to Montana and CO you probably see alot of it...doesn't smell until and unless you get your nose right down to the blossom when they are first cooming out in the spring...or so that's what I read on Wiki...;-) Thanks Barbara!

LauraS from Chico, United States

Ah, the skunk cabbage patch. Takes me back to girl scout days and camping.

12 May 2011 5:30pm

@LauraS: Yes Ma'am! That's the ticket! That's where I first learned about Skunk Cabbage - in the Boy Scouts on our camping trips up to the Soda Springs area! Thanks Laura ;-)

Rick from Toronto, Canada

I love this down low angle of yours, putting me right into the patch. I have encountered this cabbage during hikes around Vancouver Island with my brother, and you are right, the olfactory impact is far less than one would imagine or the name would imply.

12 May 2011 6:01pm

@Rick: Hi Rick - Thank you so much!! Vancouver Island, how I would dearly love to visit there one day. I have a friend who works and lives around New Westminster but his family has property out on the island somewhere but I cannot recall exactly where..he goes there all the time. Thanks very much Rick!

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

The green power...

12 May 2011 6:18pm

@Olivier: Hi Olivier! Thank you very much for stopping by! I appreciate your kind comment as well ;-)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

skunk cabbage often makes fine b&ws

12 May 2011 6:21pm

@john4jack: Hi Sir... Yes, I looked at it in B&W last evening when I was playing around with it but I think I had the leaves overexposed and the B&W did not look so good to me so I nixed it...Thanks Jack ;-)

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

this is such a wonderful photo, Denny - the lush greens are so beautiful!!

12 May 2011 6:50pm

@Scene by Sharon Photography: Hi Sharon - Thank you so much.....How are rehearsals going??

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Fine composition & colour. Jezzz Denny I can smell it from here! When I was a kid we had skunk cabbage in the nearby woods & we sometimes took delight in running through it while whacking it with sticks. Boy would our mom's get mad!

12 May 2011 7:45pm

@Williams: I'll bet they did!! Thanks Paul...Laura and I were trading memories about our rememberances of this fine vegetation ;-)

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

I love this low PoV that you've used here to capture this cabbage. The pronounced "veining" in the leaves of the cabbage reveal some great textures. Interesting how they come up with these names sometimes.

12 May 2011 9:51pm

@Steven: Hi Steven - Thank you very much...I always liked something about these plants...just the look of them I guess..

Nina from Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States

Doesn't have that awful smell until you step on it or break it's skin in some way - oye ve! gross! Bangor is up near where I went to school, ESU. Great area....and lovely muted photo :)

13 May 2011 12:36am

@Nina: Well, don't step on them ;-) ...I know I know, there's always a samrtass in the crouwd...but I know you are right, that's what the write ups say on it too I have learned!!

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Oh, fantastic Denny! This a wonderful composition and the low angle really sets off this carpet of cabbage amongst the trees. Do people eat skunk cabbage? Maybe it smells a bit skunky when it's cooked or something. Of course, I couldn't imagine eating anything that smelled like a skunk, but hey, people eat all sorts of things. LOL

13 May 2011 12:37am

@Jason Politte: Hi Jason - I don't think they eat it but as Nina has so correctly pointed out - if you step on these plants, especially when in bloom - you get a purdy nasty smell...Thanks for your comment!

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

wonderful photo! good low angle and perspective just over the cabbage leaves! the lush green colour tones is outstanding as well!

13 May 2011 1:05am

@DarkElf: HI DarkElf - GWow, thank you very, very much. I am honored to have your comment here. Your Australia images are adsolutely amazing and so wonderful. I love them all ;-)....Thank you again so much!!

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Denny, I love the lush greens of this. Very nicely done.

13 May 2011 2:43am

@Ralph Jones: Thanks so much, Ralph...O just loved the look of this group!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A very beautiful green scene.

13 May 2011 4:09am

@Steve Rice: Thank you Steve! Cool Tucson far ;-) Thanks for postiong them!

Monterey John from Hollister, CA, United States

Nice, pastoral.

13 May 2011 12:03pm

@Monterey John: Hey John - Thanks a bunch, no pun intended;-)

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

wow.. this garden of cabbage looks like my grandma's garden ;) BEautiful !

13 May 2011 1:47pm

@MARIANA: Hi Mariana! Thank you so much ;-)

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

amazing angle and outstanding framing!

13 May 2011 1:47pm

@klausZ: Hi Klaus! Thank you very much - what a wonderful thing to say...I do appreciate it ;-)

Slackwater - Don from Spokane, United States

I like the extensive foreground of greenery! It makes a fine base for the picture. Well done.

13 May 2011 3:00pm

@Slackwater - Don: Hi Don - Thank you so very much...I love those tulips today!!

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

Hey Denny, nice greens. I like the textures and light.

13 May 2011 3:04pm

@Kenny: Hi Kenny - Thanks very much....I hope better weather is arriving in your region...sister-in-law in Redmond tells us that it is still "on and off" Thanks again!

Becky from los angeles, United States

oh the greens are so invigorating - life life life!!! beautiful image, Denny!

14 May 2011 3:10am

Maria Draper from California, United States

very good composition here

15 May 2011 6:58pm

Julie from Easton, United States

Great shot at a great angle!

16 May 2011 12:38am

k@ from Paris, France

A super serie, love this foreground (you kneeled down ? ;) that offers such an interesting perspective and Nature deep feel.

16 May 2011 12:37pm