The 3.5 foot tall Corpse Flower is currently in peak bloom at the United States Botanical Garden. During this time the plant secretes a smell so foul that it’s compared to that of rotting flesh. My social media feeds have been flooded with images of this grotesque but beautiful bloom. Victoria Pickering’s image wonderfully captures the act of documenting this rare occasion in full, personal point-of-view.
According to National Geographic, Andy (yes, that is the name the U.S. Botanic Garden gave its corpse flower) bloomed while the place was closed, denying the general public the opportunity to enjoy its much-anticipated but short-lived stench. That didn’t stop this young woman from anticipating the notorious “dead body” smell in this marvelous moment captured by Flickr contributor Phil. (EXIF.)