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Sarracenia alata with a lagniappe, 2005

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Ah, yes, Pinguicula lutea, with lovely clear-yellow flowers. The yellow of these petals was so piercingly bright in the fierce sun that they were almost painful on the eyes. Here, in the gentler light of my photographic diffusing screen, the plants don't have the same sort of impact. If you want to see what plants really look like in the wild, well, you'll have to get in front of one--photographs just don't carry the same impact.

Excuses aside, this is a lovely specimen, eh? There were many other plants, and it looked like it would be a good year for seed production. It was interesting that while the Sarracenia were spread over great areas, the Pinguicula were restricted to very small patches here and there. I have no idea if the patchiness is due to hydrology, patchy fire intensities during burns, or some other attribute.

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©Barry Rice, 2005