09.12.2018 Sarracenia purpurea

AKA Purple Pitcher Plant

If humans were small and curious, maybe even a purple people eater.

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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15 Responses to 09.12.2018 Sarracenia purpurea

  1. The purple or blue flowers are definitely favorites of mine. For some reason I can not remember if you have posted a photo of this plant in the past. It is quite beautiful. Purple against the green background surely is a winner.

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    • Yes, I have posted this species in the past, but just once this summer. I used a reflector here to light up the inner flower which most often is shaded and less easy to observe. Red, or in this case purple/red, is a complement to green on the color wheel so always a good combination. Thanks, Yvonne.

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  2. I wonder … have you ever delved (photographically) into what I would consider the business-end of the pitcher plant?

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  3. Gallivanta says:

    Perfectly pitched. Or I could say pitcher perfect. When I was a child I heard many people say pitcher for picture.

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  4. It’s a nice royal color, and interesting. But sci-fi horrible to think about falling in!

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  5. shoreacres says:

    Interesting about the use of a reflector. I never would have thought of that, but I did notice how nicely the patterning of the inside part shows up. Are the leaves as stiff and waxy as they appear? I suspect they must be, for the plant to hold on to whomever stumbles into it. If they were too light, it would be easy to escape.

    Those are vintage 1950s colors. Around 1955 or so, my mother decided to go with the fashion of the day, and we lived with a bathroom painted maroon and deep chartreuse for a while.

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    • The leaves are actually down below and are quite firm with lots of little hairs to keep prey from climbing out. 09.15.2015. Escape from the flower we see here is easily accomplished and encouraged. 🙂
      I photographed pitcher plants fairly often but have not shot down into the pitcher to see what’s going on. David asked about that and I think I will have to make that a goal. There is still time this year although the flowers will be quite past but the carnivorous carnage continues.

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  6. Oh this is a gorgeous image of the bloom! Where you find them, is the footing precarious? They grow in our bog, but you wouldn’t want to venture off the boardwalk to get a closer look!

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    • Oh, I never commented, Melissa. My apologies…I was recliner ridden with that nasty mosquito bite.
      These are in a local bog in Hawley, MA. I just wrote about the bog yesterday so you can find out a little more about it there. It is a thick enough mat that I probably would become the modern bog man but I don’t want to hurt the other plants so stay on the boardwalk too.

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