Hawley Bog. January 26, 2012Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
Tags: acid bog, Hawley, Hawley Bog, leatherleaf, northern pitcher plants, Ollie, sphagnum moss, spruce snags
Up in Hawley, Massachusetts sits Cranberry Bog, A.k.A. Hawley Bog, which is the highest elevation acid bog in the State. It’s an expanse of floating mats of sphagnum peat, harboring large communities of leatherleaf, bog cranberries, laurels and azaleas, as well as some less common species of plants and trees.
I got up there today in poor weather and worse light, just in time for the beginning of the snow:
…which is expected to turn to sleet, then rain, later today. It didn’t make for great pictures, though the abundant towering spruce snags standing ghostly guard over the pall were impressive:
While this light isn’t conducive to landscape photography, it’s sometimes good for capturing details, rendering them in richly saturated hues. Such was the case with these Northern Pitcher plants, Sarracenia purpurea, which love to grow in the sphagnum moss:
They aren’t well served by this year’s thin snow pack; time will tell how they do going forward.
All of these were taken with Ollie, my 24-105mm L-Series zoom, on the box. I really didn’t want to change lenses in these conditions.