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Dodging Montana bears in 2006

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When we were finished with McGee Meadow, we drove a short distance towards the north end of Lake McDonald. I had learned that a wetland in the area had developed floating Sphagnum mats, so I had hopes it might provide good carnivorous plant habitat. We had spent more time than expected at McGee Meadow, so we had only a little time before dusk. We hiked to our target wetland--a small pond--and explored its perimeter. I kept a close eye on the time as we searched as I wanted to have plenty of time to hike back to our car before sunset. I had absolutely no interest in being caught in the woods at night.

After a few time-consuming false starts, we finally found the sphagnous mat. It was very small, little more than a lip of growth extending from the shoreline. On it we found these very pretty Drosera rotundifolia.

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