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Ruby Tuesday – The Strange Yet Beautiful Edition! June 1, 2010

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Here are a few shots from the week, plus one I published back in July ’09, though not as a Ruby Tuesday shot.  They’re all ruboid and plantalicious, with a critter tossed into the mix.

First, a fading red peony on the Bridge of Flowers:

And then, two of our local “carnivorous” plants, some Northern Pitcher plants (Sarracenia purpurea ):

…which sprang up in 90 degree weather early in May and got hammered by a hard freeze at mid-month, and some beautiful little sundews (Drosera rotundifolia ):

…which had the good sense to keep their heads down ’till the freeze had passed.

Actually, both of these plants are opportunistic omnivores, getting as much nutrition as they can from both the minerals and organics in their environment and the odd passing flitty-thing.  Sundews, despite having sticky pads only about a quarter-inch across, trap large-ish flying things like moths and dragon flies, whose struggles prompt uninvolved paddles to arch inward and join the fray, ensuring the fate of the hapless insect.

Don’t get me started on the tactics of the wily pitcher plant; that’s a whole ‘nother post!

And to end on a gentler note, here’s a shot of a sweet little butterfly alight on a red hawkweed blossom:

I originally posted this in July of ’09 or so, but not as a Ruby Tuesday photo, so here it is again for you Rubyphiles.

Thanks to Mary over at Work of the Poet for the impetus for this fun meme!

More Of The Fen. July 3, 2009

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I love this place.

And at the risk of being redundant, I go by here every chance I get, and if the weather permits, I stop and set up shop.

Last weekend I got here mid-morning and was treated to a disparity of light, with the sun’s slanting rays making the sphagnum moss glow against the deep shadows of the surrounding forest:

pitchers

The northern pitchers were in full flower:

yellow pitcher blossoms

…and their translucent tubes were all but pulsing with back-lit vascularity:

pitcher tubes

These passive insectivores have some stiff competition for the fen’s insect population, including the patient:

bullfrog

…and the quick:

dragonfly

Dozens of these little fellers darted about in precise arcs, lighting only briefly on the curving leaves of water irises, who were in turn a show of their own:

iris

I’ll doubtless be back to see how the scene changes with the seasons.

Ruby Tuesday: More Carnivorous Edition! June 15, 2009

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Well, ok, the insectivorous edition.  Gotta get up pretty early to get the jump on you folks, eh?

Up in Rowe there’s a little fen (alkaline bog) filled with Northern Pitcher Plants (Sarracenia purpurea ) and water irises:

irises and pitchers

The pitcher plants are astonishing, being simultaneously fleshy and otherworldly and vibrant in the late afternoon light:

pitcher flowers

Blood-red sepals unfurl to reveal delicate chartreuse interiors:

pitcher flowers

I think they’re pretty cool.

Thanks to Mary over at Work of the Poet for this rubylicious meme!

Lips October 10, 2007

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Red and round and moist,

Mesmerizing.

Translucent in your thinnest parts,

Revealing your Life’s Blood.

You’re irresistible,

And I’m coming.

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