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Appalachian Excursion in 2007!

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Nice pitchers:
We first visited the Georgia site, the only place in the state where Sarracenia oreophila is known to occur. On a previous visit to the site I was uniquely unimpressed by the quality of the plant population. However, this must have been due to a trick in the season and the competing vegetation. This time, I was pleased to see that the plants were in good shape with many pitchers and flowers. Here is another image of a pitcher for your pleasure.

I very clearly recall taking these photographs. I was lying down in the vegetation, photographing the plants while brushing off the occasional tick. When I was finished, I stood up too quickly and experienced a big head rush from rising too rapidly. As I dazed in my wobbly state, I startled what I think was a large black rat snake (Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta), which exploded into a frenzy of ropy madness at my feet!

Fortunately, I had a spare set of pants in my car.

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