The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

Western Florida, 2010

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Gone swimmin'
In fact, here is the scene from Randy's perspective. (Thanks for the photograph, Randy!)

But then, the quiet was interrupted by a tremendous, aquatic ker-PLUUUUUSSSHHHH sound from some distance off, at a spot hidden by the shrubs and reeds. That's where Beth was last seen.

"Well, that doesn't sound good", I told Randy. I figured that Beth probably had executed an unscheduled water-entry. In other words, she slipped and fell in the pond. But instead of rushing to her aid, I continued to photograph the plant in front of me. Randy might have been surprised at my inaction, but as I did not hear continued thrashing sounds, I figured that in the short term, Beth could take care of herself better than I could. My crashing to her side would do little of service.

Of course, Beth was fine, although significantly muckied. But what about her camera gear? My very-sweet 90 mm macro which she had been using was fortunately unharmed. But she did manage to briefly dunk her digital SLR camera body into the water, and it was now malfunctioning badly. We popped out the batteries, blew water out of the controls, and hoped for the best. Water had not flooded the CCD chamber, but we could not assess the extent of the damage.

I was confident the camera would be alright in the long run. (I was wrong.)

We regrouped for lunch, and then headed to our next site. It was tough to leave, though, as the list of carnivorous plants we had seen at this one site included:
Sarracenia rubra subsp. gulfensis
P. primuliflora
D. capillaris
U. floridana
U. olivacea
U. purpurea
U. striata
U. subulata

No doubt we would have found more, had we looked harder.

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