Employing the Venus Laowa 15mm macro to capture the entire plant in its surrounds. Another prone piece of work.
Absolutely stunning and remarkable photo. I really looked at this pic a long time. Nice to see its surroundings. Makes a huge difference to see what its home turf looks like.
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Funny you should say home turf, Yvonne. Turf is about all there is here and a bog is a floating mat of plants upon plants although over time the plants do become soil and fill in the former pond.
It looks to be a biologist and a botanist paradise.
This plant just doesn’t look real to me. I’ve never thought, “That looks like X,” because it doesn’t look like anything I’ve seen. I take it those are its leaves near the base. It cracks me up that one is green and one orange. They look more like autumn than spring. How tall is that stalk? It must be terrifically strong to support that big flower.
Apart from all that weirdness, I think I did spot something else in the photo. Is that a pair of your pinks on the left?
The stems are a bit woody so strong indeed, Linda. This individual is approximately 15″ tall, based on my memory. I never think to carry a tape measure. As colorful as they are now, the leaves, which are the specialized pitchers that capture and digest insects, become brighter and more colorful once autumn arrives.
Yep, very observant…there are some Grass Pinks out there.
I’ve only occasionally seen pitcher plants, and never from a low enough position to make the flower rise above the horizon.
Having the boardwalk for a landing spot helps get this angle, Steve. Better for the bog mat and easier on my frame.
There were a few pitcher plants alongside the boardwalk at Volo Bog in Illinois, but not in a position where I could do much with them photographically. I’m glad you had a better chance.
I should have commented, when you first posted an image of the Pitcher Plant, that I have always found it amazing that the flower (which looks so very heavy) can be supported by that stalk (which looks so very flimsy). I like this image. It looks like you’ve got the bog to yourself. You are lucky to have such a beautiful place nearby. But, it does look like you got quite wet!
The stalk is quite fibrous and woody, David. I find their curvy nature a bit amusing…as though they weaken and then strengthen as the flower rises higher and higher. Some have much stronger curves. I’ve yet to see a perfectly straight one with a flower. Some stalks grow straight because someone, probably a deer, has nipped off the bud early on.
Yes, I did have the bog to myself. I have never run into another person there to date. Probably because I am there so early…around sunrise…when most sensible folks are still sleeping. And, yes, I got soaked from the waist down. I had a rain parka for the upper Steve.
Am I seeing honeydew plants, too? What a wonderful spot. I’m prone to admire your shot 🙂
Yes, there is a quite a bed of sundews in the center of the bog.
Neat. They are on my bucket list to see one day.
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