The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

Apalachicola National Forest in 2010

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The afternoon rain clouds began to cluster darkly in the sky, so we knew that our time today was coming to a close. But before the storms hit, I took advantage of the softer light by photographing Pinguicula planifolia.

Isn't the color of this plant remarkable? Even more interesting is how the plant's color can change with viewing angle. I shot the above photograph with a polarizer attached, so the plant's color would not be influenced by glare. That's the color of the plant.

This is what the plant looks like, with glare off clouds. The color is still true, but with some white highlights.

These plants are reflecting glare from blue sky, hence the color shift.

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