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Massachusetts and Vermont in 2006

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Deep red!
As the boardwalk approached the bog, it crossed open water on the bog's margin. In these still waters I saw luxuriant growths of Utricularia macrorhiza with long branches terminating with enormous turions. Although comparable in size to the plants in the calcareous fen, these plants retained bladders over their entire shoots.

I did not observe any other aquatic Utricularia, although I have seen photographs of Utricularia intermedia from the bog.

The boardwalk continued deeper into the bog, and I was soon surrounded by a quiet landscape of mounded red Sphagnum, dotted with intensely red Sarracenia purpurea subsp. purpurea. Unfortunately, the sky had cleared and conditions were so contrasty my photographs are nearly unusable.

Here is another contrasty image; you can see that the time was late and the sun was low.

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©Barry Rice, 2005