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A Frosty Morning. November 7, 2012

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Election day dawned cold, well below freezing. I knew it wouldn’t stay cold all day, so I went for a shoot before I voted.

I was looking for frost, thinking of some wild strawberries I’d photographed a couple of years ago.

I didn’t find exactly that, but I did find some little things worth sharing.

A little frosted primrose:

…and a field mouse’s hole, frosted with mousey-breath:

I got there a bit late, and the ice crystals weren’t crisp.

I’ll try to be earlier next time.

Hungry Plants. April 28, 2012

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The Northern pitcher plants (Sarracenia purpurea)  up in Rowe MA are doing their Spring thing, despite the freezing nights and scant bugs.

Here they’re greening up amongst the leaves of swamp irises:

They’re astonishingly colorful for what’s growing around here, showing vibrant greens and rich reds amidst the sphagnum moss:

Hungry green funnels wait for curious insects to take their sweet-smelling bait:

Once an insect crawls down to check out the sweet liquid in the funnel, fine downward-pointing hairs prevent it from climbing out, and there’s precious little room for flying, so most suitors get drowned and digested be enzymes:

Yum!!!  😉

Hawley Bog. January 26, 2012

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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.

 

Moss And Sundews. August 1, 2011

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Along the road today I noticed a patch of moss clinging to a road cut and stopped – I’ve found sundews here in the past and hoped to find them again.

Well, I did, though it was the Sphagnum moss which caught my eye:

…with sundews poking through on the left.  The moss is in a sort-of jelled state of development (it goes through some significant changes in the course of its life cycle) and has hung onto a few of its spore-bearing structures:

…and of course there’s that little spatulate sundew leaf, obligingly red.

The sundews have magnificent (albeit tiny) flower spikes developing:

I hope to see them bloom soon.