09.15.2015 Purple Pitcher Plant

Pitcher plants are so interesting.  They eat animals.  Nature allows so much diversity in attaining nourishment.  I would guess we all are familiar with the Venus Flytrap and many have seen these carnivorous plants too.  There are so many varied and mind-boggling ways that life manifests itself, I don’t see how evolution can be doubted. Whether one believes in a supreme being or not, the evidence is there that life is still developing as we watch, albeit slowwwwwly. Who is to say that it isn’t part of a deity’s master plan?

Anyway, I’m not looking to start a religious debate…there are no winners, so why bother.  Nature is wonderful and to be enjoyed and discovered with lessons to be learned.  I don’t really care to anthropomorphize nature but, speaking of learning, I can’t help but see this as a few young pitchers sitting at the feet of a master gaining insect trapping wisdom.  Guess I tripped a bit over the line there, huh?  🙂

Purple Pitcher Plant-Sarracenia purpurea


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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16 Responses to 09.15.2015 Purple Pitcher Plant

  1. Jim in IA says:

    May the force be with you, grasshopper.

    I know. That was mixed from two different stories.

    Thank you, Master.

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  2. Anchors aweigh, and anthropomorphize away.
    Your pitcher plants are more colorful than the ones I’ve seen in east Texas.

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  3. shoreacres says:

    Actually, I’m just sure I heard the story-teller regaling his audience with the legend of the Purple People Eater. Granted, they’re only plants, and people are big, but Per aspera ad astra, and all that.

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    • Of course…people can be laid quite low by the tiniest of organisms…although it would be quite a feat for a pitcher plant to devour a human…at least our locals. Maybe there are huge species elsewhere in the world. So I looked and, sure enough, there are some that are capable of digesting a full grown rat. Here’s a cool expedition showing several species with some added bonuses to the pitchers.


  4. Very nice, Steve. I would have to go check the species, but the one growing here in Illinois must be a different one from this because yours is far showier.
    From time to time I have come across a story of a species busy evolving right before our eyes, as it were, and it always delights me. I’ve never understood why it is thought to be mutually exclusive, although like you I feel it isn’t worth debate.

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  5. Andrew says:

    Someone got to ‘Grasshopper’ before me. We had pitcher plants in our HK garden and it was always interesting to peer inside. Excellent photo again Steve.

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  6. I don’t see the conflict between evolution and a supreme being, seems pretty hard to deny something that you can see, touch, and feel…Love the photo and agree that I am always amazed when I come across pitcher plants on a hike.

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