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    A look into the past....Bog trip

    Washington state was once COVERED in these bogs, EVERYWHERE.....true sphagnum bogs now days are rare, but are very beautiful....Everywhere, was sphagnum and D. rotundifolia....common or not, it was gorgeous. and definitely a trip i will remember for the rest of my life.
    We will start this off with some photos taken on the way to the bog after we parked the car.
    No editing or cleaning up was done to these photos...Dont have the time LOL
    We are coming up on a trail to the bog, about a quarter mile from where we parked...According to Ron, he has never seen anyone else out here....We think, damn....So many people walk the trails here, and they dont even know what they are missing....Isolated in this little valley between mountains.


    Down into the grasses by our feet, glittering in the sun, were a batch of D. rotundifolia, i originally only saw one off to the side...soon realized, that they were EVERYWHERE...it was impossible to get around without stepping on a few...thankfully, once we got to the bog area, the mats of sphagnum were so thick, that nothing could hurt them....it was like walking on a trampoline...that you could sink into




    At the end of this trail, we got our first glimpse of the actual bog...One of the few remaining in the state of washington....What a beautiful sight it was




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    This is where we saw some of the largest populations of D. rotundifolia. Growing sometimes submerged in the water itself, they were very colorful...glistening in the mid afternoon sun, it was really a sight to behold.




    Various species of sphagnum moss were in the area...3 atleast, one of which i know was Capillifolium...a very brilliant red sphagnum moss that is native to our area.






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    There were certain spots which seemed to be nearly over-run by these little plants....
    little hills of sphagnum encircled by rotundifolia...


    Some spots held some outstanding specimens...this one was the one that stood out the most to myself and Ron

    Everywhere around the bog...there were these little rhododendron-like plants....anyone who can ID these?

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    What? no s. purpurea? just joking. Those are some impressive pics!!! Congrats SK
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    Wow, that was great. Those sphagnum is great.

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    Thanks pet lol...
    all taken with an old sony cyber shot DSC-P92 lol

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    Beautiful pics Kris. I have got to take some time to go see one of those soon.
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    Beautiful photos. I think the plant in question is bog rosemary, Kalmia microphylla.
    http://biology.burke.washington.edu/...phylla&ID=3214
    Are those aroid looking plants skunk cabbage?
    Last edited by lambdlth; 05-25-2009 at 06:47 PM. Reason: More information.

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