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Appalachian Excursion in 2005!

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A better view:
Slightly downstream from the previous photograph, the rock incline steepened to about 45 degrees. The water raced down the bare surface, but I found a dwarfed and twisted pine tree growing from a crack. A grassy clump of vegetation, including pitcher plants, clustered around the tree. These plants were relatively accessible to me and my camera lens. But if you could have seen how I had to sprawl spiderlike on the smooth rock slope, with one foot wedged into a crack, another foot braced downslope, one hand hanging onto a rocky knob, and the other hand working my camera (mounted on a similarly absurdly splayed tripod)--if you could have seen that, you would probably question the accuracy of "relatively accessible!"

A few Drosera rotundifolia leaves appear at the bottom of the image. I did not see any other Drosera rotundifolia plants--but perhaps if I had gotten this close to other plants I might have. No other carnivorous species were present, although other very rare and cool noncarnivorous species occur here.

Here is another view of the same cluster of plants, shown in landscape orientation.

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©Barry Rice, 2005