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Sarracenia alata with a lagniappe, 2005

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A challenging habitat
I like this hard, contrasty image. It reminds me of how harsh the savannah was. Pitcher plant savannahs are not always comfortable. The sun is burning and hot, biting and stinging insects are common, the temperatures are frequently burning hot, dangerous lightning storms can kick up quickly, and the vegetation can be spiny or lacerating even when dead and dried. The wet ground can be peppered with surprisingly deep, water-filled pits; meanwhile the sun thrashing you from above dehydrates and cooks you. And then of course, there's the occasional encounter with threatening primates (not Beth!).

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©Barry Rice, 2005