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Being Stupid in Ontario in 2003

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When Sphagnum Calls--You Cannot Resist:
Since it was autumn, all the native sundews (Drosera) were already in hibernacula and essentially invisible. (This was a little bit of a drag, since I have not yet seen Drosera linearis in the wild.) However, I knew that the anthocyanin-free form of Sarracenia purpurea was in the area, so I had a noteworthy and novel (at least for me) grail for my safari. (How's that for a mixed metaphor?)

I called some friends who knew the relevant parts of Canada, got directions to sites (on the usual conditions of secrecy to protect the sites from poaching horticulturists), and prepared for the trip. After my meeting was completed, I loaded my rental car with gear and headed for the bogs.

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