The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

Drosera filiformis in Florida, 2010

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Looking for the plants, you have the best luck investigating the seepages into the lakes. They are apparently the places where the water flow is most reliable during dry years.

I like how the gullies provide a little vertical topography. The areas were perfect little gardens. They are also useful at being refuges of sorts from lightning storms.

With dusk upon us, we hustled back to our car, and onwards to our motel.

Ahh, American Quality Lodge, Panama City. On-line it looked acceptable, and with a web-only deal it only cost $32 a night! But oh, man, this place was sketchy! Despite the very low cost, I can't recommend it. The door, for example, was scratched, rattly, and had obviously been kicked in at least twice before. The stairways smelled like....oh, never mind. Just avoid it.

But the nastiness of our hotel was offset by three good developments:

1) An intense lightning storm came through, chasing away the shady characters that were hanging around the motel parking lot.

2) We found an amazingly good Mexican restaurant (Los Antojitos), directly across from our hell-hole hotel!

3) The hours of being cooked in the back window of the car was bringing my camera back to life, like a phoenix from the ashes!

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Revised: June 2010
©Barry Rice, 2005