Had a spur-of-the-moment bog trip yesterday morning so I thought I'd post some pics.
The last time I was there about a month ago, a crew was pruning back the plants around the path. Besides the sound of chainsaws and power trimmers ringing out through the bog, the carnage along the path was terrible. There were many, many decapitated sarracenia flowers strewn about amongst the ferns and other plant life. Some of them were cut and then tossed back into the live plants and you can imagine how pissed I was to see an entire uprooted S purp purp laying across the top of a bush. The rhizome was still white and it took everything I had to not take it home and raise it. I found a patch of sphagnum and replanted it but I think it'd have been harder to take that route had the crews not still been there. I'll get in trouble if I remove it, but they can cut them and uproot them??
Anyway, I was more than a little disappointed yesterday to see that they didn't bother to clean up any of the cuttings
the dead branches were blocking the sun-starved CPs in this overgrown bog
Even some of the locals were pissed at this:
I could not find where I'd planted the uprooted plant. The amount of growth from the non-CPs was amazing-especially in the short amount of time since the last visit.
But enough of that...on to the main show.
sarracenia and drosera hanging out together
"I think I can, I think I can..."
I will be sending some of the pics of the paths to the parks department and complaining about how much it detracted from my visit. The best sarracenia area there was unrecognizable because it has become so overgrown in recent years. I wish they'd do a burn. On a positive note, there was a considerable rise in the amount of sundews that I found this time. Some visits they are near impossible to find but this time they were quite prominent.