The Carnivorous Plant FAQ Field Trip Report -

Western Australia in 2007

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Scrambling sundew:
I refound my composure, and was able to turn my camera back to the sundews. This is Drosera neesii, a lanky scrambling species.

It is a well-known and common complaint that photographing erect or scrambling tuberous Drosera is very challenging. This is because the plants are very large, but the individual leaves are comparatively small. So if you try to capture the whole plant in the photograph, the structures like the leaves and flowers are usually rendered to tiny blobs. Also, the flowers and the leaves are often far apart. Finally, the weak-stemmed plants are often flopping around in the wind, so many of your photographs turn out like crap.

This is all true. And for each photograph that finally made it to my archives, about 15 were deleted. It was hard work!

Here is another image of Drosera neesii that shows the leaves a little closer up. Notice in that image how the long-petioled leaves cement themselves to twigs and grasses, so the plant is supported in the vegetation.

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Revised: November 2007
©Barry Rice, 2005