I call this photo "The Bog" as it is where you will find the floral Emblem (Pitcher Plant) of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Newfoundland and Labrador was the last Province to join the Confederation of Canada in 1949, and selected the Pitcher Plant as it's floral emblem in 1954.
This carnivorous plant, thrives in the nutrient poor soil of the many bogs throughout the Province. You can see the frozen liquid in the plant, it's a mixture of mainly water with some digestive enzymes to extract the nutrients of ill fated misquotes.
The original inhabitants of Newfoundland (Beothuk Indians) had many medical uses for the plant. It can be used to treat such conditions as stomach cramps, fever/chills, ease the pain of childbirth, tuberculosis, and to ward off smallpox. Hence some may refer to it as the smallpox plant.
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kodiak11 (560) 2006-12-15 13:44
Rodney, You really captured the late season colours of the Pitcher Plant. Thanks for sharing (looks like no snow on "the bog".
borka (264) 2006-12-15 14:01
Rodney, before this photo I did not even realize pitcher plants grow in North America! According to Wikipedia they are common and grow in Ontario as well - I must have seen them while camping up north, just never realized what they were.
Great colors and great description!
sadeik (3282) 2006-12-22 14:14
Great note, did not realise that you had these sort of plants in Newfoundland. Wow I learnt another new thing today.
The flash has added to many small over exposed places. Its a problem with them sometimes I deflect the flash or diffuse it and that can help. You have a digital so experiment.
By the way if you put your finger over the flash it makes things redder, thought I'd let you know that.
Benedict (7076) 2007-01-10 0:54
are these pitcher plants, rodney?
bright and colorful posting!
Krystal (0) 2007-01-19 19:04
WOW!!! This is exquisite!! Thank you so much for the description of the plant and the history of Newfoundland.
muscovado (1572) 2007-02-09 10:14
Now i know pitcher plants thrive also in cold environment, thanks for the info. Is this the same specie from the tropics?
nomadb59 (98) 2007-02-15 23:19
A really informative note as well. I've certainly learnt quite a bit from it.
- Copyright: Rodney Fagan (faganrodney) (489)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-12-13
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Fuji Finepix S5200
- Exposure: f/8, 1/90 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2006-12-15 13:22
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