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    Nepenthes Specialist nepenthes gracilis's Avatar
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    Hey all, went to one of my favorite bogs this weekend. Although not easily acessable this bog is in great shape due to rare human visitations and no human threats, it does however need a GOOD burn. The bog rosemary and leatherleaf herbs are beginning to crowd out the Sarracenia...hopefully a lightening strike will clear it out for them. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]

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    The biggest obstacle going up the mountain to the bog....a HUGE I'm guessing 3-5 story rock wall.

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    Frozen sphagnum! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]

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    Mud Pond, the bog is what I'm standing on while the pond or 'eye' of the bog is the water out in the center. The plants are all sporadic throughout th piney woods in fair condition but the prime specimens are in the sphagnum mat.

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    Here's a plant in the pine tree/bog woods, slight etiolation but not severe.

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    A chilled purp! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    This purp was on the edge of the woods and beginning of the bog.

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    A superb(!) specimen of S. purpurea spp. purpurea 'red form'

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    A monstorous purpurea! This pitcher was around 3-4 inches in diameter and 5-6 inches in height.

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    That's a nice bog. Did you see any Drosera's. Most of the time if the bog has S.purpurea's it also has sundews.
    It's good to hear about a bog that's not yet threated by man.

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    cool , the plants look great but frozen , its good thing they are not threatened but i to get through that obstacle , how would it be threatened [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Hi Mark, yes there are sundews there, both D. rotundifolia and D. intermedia I belive, but usually you aren't going find the hibernacula in that much snow. I think i saw some natural hybrids of D. belenziana also. It would be a great benefit to burn that thick population of bog brush down.

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    Great photos Dustin. Thanks for sharing your trip. Its so pretty and wild. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
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    Hi Suzzane, yes it is very wild up there. I am tempted to go up there this spring (even though it's very difficult to navigate with the leaves coming on) to see if there are any Cypripedium species in the pine/bog areas.

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    Very nice. Where is it? You don't be specific enough that I or anyone else would find it, but I'm curious about the geologic setting, being a geologist.

    Back when I lived in Maine, there was a group of three little ponds within an hour drive and an hour walk that I liked to head to once or twice a year. One had a perfect little ring bog full of S. purpureas and sundews. Unfortunately, I didn't know CPs at the time and I'm there was much more than I noticed. That pond didn't offer much to anyone not interested in wetlands, but the other two were postcard beautiful, especially in the fall.

    My last time there was 1989-1990 and, unfortunately, I crossed a new road being built nearby. The aerial photo in Mapquest shows a lot of clear cutting in the area and what looks to be a few buildings along the shore of the lower pond. The land was then and perhaps still is owned by Champion International. Like other Maine timber owners, Champion saw lakeside property leases as a way to cash in on property it couldn't log. From a few thousand feet in the air, the boggy pond seems untouched and its watershed seems unlogged. I sure hope so, but it's sad to see the other pond ruined by people who think they're getting back to nature. I wish they would just hike in for a day or just stay home and watch the Nature channel instead.
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    I never understood the need to get back to nature by going to rent a condo or hotel room or whatever they're building. To me, that's just going "back to manmade things". Learn how to camp properly, without destroying wildlife and then "get back to nature". Let's hope the plants are safe!

    SF

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