08.31.2020 Round-leaved Sundew

Round-leaved Sundew-Drosera rotundifolia is a small carnivorous plant found in wetlands. They were not flowering quite yet on Sunday but hopefully will be this weekend as many had buds though they were still tight. All those “dew” drops are sticky and once a small insect sets on one it is doomed.

There were hundreds and I was mucking around trying many compositions.  I chose this as I like the leaves beneath the plants.


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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35 Responses to 08.31.2020 Round-leaved Sundew

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    The decaying leaf provides a nice background, reminding us of nature’s amazing cycles of birth and death.

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  2. I can see where this species might be hard to photograph.


  3. Ms. Liz says:

    Although mean and unforgiving to their prey, I find sundew plants colourful and interesting, even fascinating! We have sundews here in NZ too.

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  4. melissabluefineart says:

    Wait~they flower?! How cool is that. I really like how you chose to photograph them with leaves setting them off. I have several attempts I made from early in the summer and no matter how hard I tried to bring them into focus they were just so small that my camera barely registered them. And they are hardly mean.

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  5. Nice Image Steve! Never saw one of these!

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  6. bluebrightly says:

    It’s very cool that you can see these “in person” Steve, and not just in a garden or in photos. I didn’t know they bloom so late in the season.

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  7. krikitarts says:

    Leave it to you
    To bring the dew
    As only you can do!

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  8. shoreacres says:

    It was my attempt to photograph sundew flowers that ended wtih a Hardin County sheriff checking to be sure I hadn’t suffered a heart attack. Ours are a different species, but they have that same tendency to cluster, which makes getting decent photos of the plants difficult, too.

    Right now, all I care about is getting my computer and my files back. I’ve been without them since Monday, while the gurus attempt to do their magic. Both my hard drive AND the external hard drive I use for backup ended up corrupted. The boys at the computer shop were a little perplexed, but as of last night I think they were on top of the situation. So weird. I’m about ready to add regular manual backups to my SSD drive, and maybe even a cloud backup. I might even save up for a real laptop. I don’t function well on this ipad. Aaaack!

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    • Lying down in a public place is something I try to avoid. I do it with the frogs at Moosehorn Pond but it is rare that anyone drives by on that dirt road so early in the morning. If someone does I always wave which dispels possible death assumptions.
      I always hated the phrase “I feel your pain” but in this case I will use it. After those months of inactivity at the end of 2018 I discovered that I had left the computer and backup drives in sleep mode and a couple of the external drives got toasted. As my Lightroom Files were all on one and backed up on the other I thought I had lost everything. A guru could not recover them physically. But the author of a book I use knew what to do and guided me through the recovery of everything. It is now safeguarded from future loss. I hope you do get everything back and in good order. There is nothing as digitally valuable as redundancy. I now have four backups, overkill I know, and one is separated and rotated to keep the unforeseen from recurring. I haven’t purchased a laptop and rarely use my Fire for much besides reading ( and even at that I prefer an actual book in my hands). I probably should follow your example for travel…once travel returns as a possibility.


      • shoreacres says:

        All is well. Caution over stretching leading to an OS crash led them to install a 2TB SSD rather than the 1TB I had. Things certainly speeded up. Not only that, I’d forgotten or never knew that, because they built my system for me, everything was warrantied, and the $160 credit the applied made the bill more than reasonable.

        The only thing that I have to deal with is a re-reorganization of some files. I’d created some new folders and moved a few things around, and those changes weren’t saved. But, all the original files are there, so no problem.

        Your tale reminded me of the time I accidentally deleted 500 photos from an SD card. It was Otto who told me to get a program called Recuva, and use it to recover the images. I decided to pay the $9.99 for the pro version of the program, and when I was done, I had to laugh. I’d never formatted the card, so instead of my 500 photos, I got about 2400 images created over a couple of years. What a revelation that was!

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      • SSDs are much more reliable and it’s always better to have more memory than you need…now. My main drive is just 500GB but is an SSD and only houses my programs and documents. All my image files are on external drives. My second drive is just a Sata but 4 TB. All I keep on that are my web image copies and documents, downloads, etc. My LR files start on my 12TB external and then copied to a couple of 8TB drives. The processed images are on two other 8TB externals.
        My computer was built by a company in WA called Puget Systems. Although across the country rather than across town they also warranty the computer and I could send it back if needed. It’s my second with them and whenever I needed something on the first they sent the parts with instructions on how to do it myself. Worked out fine. They also have a video on dismantling the box and cleaning the dust out which needs doing periodically. My first of theirs started making a lot of humming sounds and it turned out the fan was covered with dust. Easy fix. They are a little pricey but worth it, I think. However if I had a local company whom I had faith in I might go to them but so far the few times I need local help I was disappointed.
        Wow, did you sort through those 2400 files to see if there was a little gem hidden in there somewhere?


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