The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

North and South Carolina low country, 2007

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With sundews:
This is an example of a few Dionaea and Drosera capillaris plants growing on dark, sandy peat soils.

And here, finally, is another richly colored plant growing in the same conditions.

The sun had dropped so low that deep shade was covering these plants and my exposures were exceeding 30 seconds. I stowed my photography gear in the car and set out to explore the Boiling Spring Lakes preserve. I took a GPS reading by the car, then headed into the bush. The next hour was spent walking aimlessly from one point of interest to the next, birding and just looking at whatever attracted my attention. Eventually the sun dropped below the horizon, and I used my GPS to navigate my long way back to the car. The drive to my cheap hotel was done in the dark.

The next morning, I was once again driving before dawn. I had an appointment with Dr. Jim Luken, an ecologist at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina. Jim had offered to show me his study sites--I had never seen Dionaea in South Carolina, and looked forward to it!

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Revised: February 2008
©Barry Rice, 2005