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Destinations

A thought for your day, with my good wishes …

Sometimes it’s the journey that teaches you

a lot about your destination

– Drake

 

Listen

A thought for your day, with my good wishes …

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak;

courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen

 

– Winston Churchill

 

Distortion

A thought for your day, with my good wishes …

Get your facts first,

then you can distort them as you please

– Mark Twain

 

Vancouver’s Not-So-Smelly Corpse Flower

This is Vancouver’s very own Corpse Flower, aka Titan Arum.

As you’ll hear in my video, it’s one of the hottest tickets in town this week. It’s not only the largest flower on this planet; when it first blooms…

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… it’s also the smelliest.

When the petals unfurl, the deep red segments of this self-heating plant draw pollinators such as carrion beetles and flesh flies that feed on dead animals – or, at least that’s what they do in the plant’s native Sumatra!

Fortunately, there were no signs of them today at the Bloedel Conservatory!

Nor was there any discernible smell this afternoon, on day two of its anticipated 48 or so hours of bloom time. The smell is apparently at its most pungent in the early and late hours of the day.

At six years, this plant is an early bloomer. This is the first time a corpse flower has bloomed in Canada, and it’s expected to be some years before this massive plant blossoms again.