Update: It appears the end may be near for HMNS' corpse flower Lois
UPDATE: The Lois craze isn't over yet. Museum of Natural Science officials said that more than 5,000 fans had visited the corpse flower by mid-afternoon Saturday. "It's very busy," a staffer said. "I would expect it to be like this through the weekend."
It looks like the tempest may have passed. The Houston Museum of Natural Science Saturday morning had a steady trickle of visitors in to catch a final whiff of the legendary Lois and the five-point Stink-o-Meter reading is more nostalgic than accurate.
(Lois' stench peaked early yesterday morning around 3 a.m., according to museum staffers, so it's to be expected that her fridgy smell is fading as she completes her bloom).
Crowds are expected to pick up in the afternoon as the smelly flower that has captivated the city prepares for her graceful exit.
Coming off the elevator into Lois' tight little enclosure, I didn't smell a thing. It wasn't until I meandered over to the Stink-o-Meter itself (on the side of the plant with the deep purple streak) that I noticed something faintly musty. Even then, I couldn't be sure if it was just wishful stinking.
It's going to be kind of sad to see the not-so-little stinkpot go. And with Lois the corpse flower gone (or at least dormant) who's going to smell up our summers?
Good thing we've always got the bayou.