The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

Western Australia in 2007

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Side view:
This image reminds you that the plants were growing on a sheer cliff face. It is easy to forget this fact when looking at the plants from straight on.

Photography was a dream. No laying down in streams, no wading through wet shrubbery, and no fear of treading upon tiger snakes. The sky was pale grey with a uniform cloud cover, so lighting was superb. The only thing that was cause for alarm was the occasional patter of rain, but even the spectre of heavy rain never materialized.

Actually, I did have one concern while I was at the site (other than the possibility of the cliff wall collapsing onto us). You see, about halfway along our hike from the car, I had decided my leather jacket was useless so I had stowed it in the rocks (well above the high tide line). However, as I played with these plants I recalled that I had left some important documents unguarded in my credit cards, my driver's license, all my other identification, and even my passports. (Yes, it was foolish for me to have them all in one place, but the reason for that is a different story.)

We were the only people out in this unsettled weather, so with no obvious threat to my identity I tried to put my stupidly self-inflicted situation out of my mind. With these plants in front of me, that wasn't too hard!

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Revised: December 2007
©Barry Rice, 2005