The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

Massachusetts and Vermont in 2006

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Floating mat:
I continued my circumnavigation of the bog, and on the eastern edge I ventured onto a large floating mat that gently undulated with each footfall. The mat was spangled with clusters of Sarracenia purpurea rosettes, and unlike the other plants, these were intensely red.

I began suspecting that the greenish plants shown in the previous image resulted from environmental effects.

As I continued around the bog, I began encountering areas with the highest density of Sarracenia purpurea I have ever seen, anywhere. It was absolutely amazing seeing all these plants. And the sizes of some of the clumps were enormous! Alas, the day was very bright, with a clear sky, so my large-scale images are oh so contrasty. But they are all I have. In the future I'll tinker with their histograms to try to improve them, but for now, you'll have to settle for second-best.

Here is a low-angle view of many flower stalks. That fuzzy stuff is cotton grass.

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