Bog wetlands are pleasing, open landscapes with a colorful carpet of low growing plant life. A saturated spongy layer of sphagnum moss sinks and gurgles underfoot, hinting at the possibility of open water beneath (and insuring that a photographer, like the sphagnum, will end up saturated and soggy). Viewing this unique ecosystem under magnification is transformative, revealing all sorts of fascinating and beautiful plants adapted to an acidic, nutrient-poor and perpetually wet site. The insectivorous species in particular – pitcher plants and sundews – illustrate amazing adaptations for extracting dietary supplements from their environment!
Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea); trap insects in their large hollow, water-filled leaves.
White Fringed Orchis (Habenaria blephariglottis; Orchid family)
Round-leaved Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia); entrap insects with sticky, dew-like droplets on glandular hairs
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