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Fall Bog Walk, Orono, Maine
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Posted By: SSGGeezer, 10-12-2017, 11:00 AM

Multiple pictures, mostly of pitcher plants that digest trapped insects to supplement the poor nutrient levels in a peat bog. The heavily cropped shot directly down into the mouth of a pitcher plant was taken with my DA 35, (Plastic fantastic.) All photos cropped in MS photo viewer but otherwise they are straight out of the camera .jpg

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Very interesting- having seen plants like these before. In the second, it looks kind of like a squid!

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The bugs come for the secretions, then can't leave because the pitcher plants are slippery inside and have those hairs the help keep them down. Then they drown in the water that accumulates in the bottom of the plant's flower. The peat has very little nitrogen available for the plants there, when we walked through it felt like we were giants because even the oldest and tallest trees were only about 12 to 14ft, (3-3.5M,) tall while being about 100 years old. The little smurf tree was probably at least 4+ years old and less than a foot tall. I have the same species in my yard that are over 30 ft high at 18 years old.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SSGGeezer Quote
Multiple pictures, mostly of pitcher plants that digest trapped insects to supplement the poor nutrient levels in a peat bog. The heavily cropped shot directly down into the mouth of a pitcher plant was taken with my DA 35, (Plastic fantastic.) All photos cropped in MS photo viewer but otherwise they are straight out of the camera .jpg
Interesting photos of a world completely different from what we are used to - for lack of simple, normally common, nutrients.

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It is like going for a walk in Lilliput! From normal sized trees and swampy areas to the actual bog takes about 15-20 meters of walking. The walkways are all on floats so when there are a lot of people on them walking by, you can forget about getting a good image, even with IBIS.
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Thanks for the photos and the information; nature is so diverse and weird.
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