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Sarracenia alata with a lagniappe, 2005

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Drosera brevifolia likes soil that is surprisingly dry and sandy, and not at all like the soggy sphagnous conditions so many growers think would serve it well. The pine needle and dead grass thatch covering the ground was thick, and in most places you would never have known sundews were present if it weren't for the cute little flowers.

More interested in the Sarracenia savannah, Beth headed north into the bush with her walkie talkie. Shortly afterwards, power company workers in a big truck stopped to ask me what I was doing. I told them about the plants, and they were amused and appreciative and asked a few insightful questions. (I am always pleased when people surprise me with unexpected interests in the natural world.)

As they left, they warned me that they were working on power and phone cables and would be cutting some of the overhead lines, but they'd be down the road a stretch. Grinning, they pointed at the heavy cables passing directly over me and the rental car.

Barry: "What will happen over here when you cut the wires?"
Utility worker (more grinning): "I don't know. Probably nothing, I guess. We'll warn you before we cut them."

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©Barry Rice, 2005