The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

Sarracenia alata with a lagniappe, 2005

The Trip:
In April 2005, Beth and I travelled to New Orleans to sate ourselves on food and music. So, I ask you to begin this retrospective by imagining three days of eating, eating, and eating: Acme Oyster Company, Praline Connection, Cafe du Monde, Emeril's, Felix's and so on. When not eating, we danced to jazz and walked endlessly through the French Quarter and various districts in a desperate attempt to refind our appetites for the next monumental meal. Inevitably we found ourselves glutted, dazed and in need of a break. So we retreated to a safe distance by getting Lake Pontchartrain between New Orleans and our distended bellies. Looking for wildlife and plants was necessary to recover and rejuvenate our dietary equilibria.

Southeastern Louisiana and especially southern Mississippi comprise the bulk of the range for Sarracenia alata. While a nice, erect pitcher plant, this species is not particularly showy and is perhaps underappreciated as a result. But as you know from my domain name, I really do like Sarracenia, so I was excited at the prospect of visiting the last great S. alata places.

While most of the photographs here are of carnivorous plants growing on inland locations, near the end of this photo-essay I will serve up a little lagniappe--a few images from carnivores we saw on the coast.

Start the photo-essay!

P.S. All this happened about four months before Hurricane Katrina. The sites shown in the first ten, and last seven of the slides were heavily flooded.


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©Barry Rice, 2005