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The Whisperers in the Boglands

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The pond was much larger than the one in Massachusetts, but like that one looked very deep. It was apparently the catchbasin for the immediate watershed, since it was surrounded by low sloping hills on most sides. A drainage on one edge poured overflow water into a lake nearby, so the pond maintained the same maximum level, even during rainy seasons. The edges were sporadically fringed with an elastic Sphagnum mat decorated here and there with Sarracenia purpurea subsp. purpurea plants.

The Sphagnum above may look dead, but it is not. The mosses at this site were mostly tan but grew with vigor. The Sarracenia purpurea plants on this mat had a great deal of red pigmentation. Very nice!

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