I’m easily led astray when hiking. Three days ago I ventured into a nearby swamp to photograph Red Maple foliage, but also had a hidden agenda. Off the northeastern end of the swamp lies a tiny bog with all sorts of goodies that beg to be investigated. It was a summer-like fall morning, perhaps the last opportunity to capture a set of images like this. More seasonal weather is on its way, and the cold blooded creatures will soon disappear from the landscape.
My main subject was the colorful Pitcher Plants underfoot, the unique insect predators commonly found in acidic, bog habitats. Downward-pointing hairs and a watery trap below capture insects that, once digested, supplement the nutrient-poor substrate of a bog.
Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.