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Skunk Cabbage Acres: 1936

Skunk Cabbage Acres: 1936

June 1936. Skunk cabbage, ferns and alders keep this farmer in the north Oregon hills hard at work as he attempts to clear an abandoned homestead. Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA. View full size.

 

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Eau de farm

I well know the smell, but prefer it to the aroma of a barn in need of mucking out, at least the fern heads were tasty. Oh, and Alder don't burn worth a darn, mostly makes a good fence.

Eew

Having lived around a small amount of skunk cabbage, and knowing full well the potency of said plant, I feel sorry for that fellow. The smell he must have to deal with on a daily basis, and the smell that he must bring into the house is enough to make me retch just thinking about.

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