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    Hello!
    That thrill of discovery just can't be beat can it? There is something about carnivorous plants flourishing in a wild environment that quickens the pulse!

    My only experience with wild CPs was when I was in High School. Our science club went on a field trip to the island of Kauai. We stayed in the rustic Kokee Cabins facility, high in the mountains of the island, where it was cool and the air was noticeably thin. The rainfall is the most extreme in the Hawaiian islands there.

    Well, one day we all hiked up into Alakai swamp. I was motivated primarily by tales of Sundews. Impatiently I kept asking 'How much further?' My friends just kept answering 'Just a little ways!' It was a long hour of this before we arrived.

    I wasn't ready for the reality. Huge naked expanses of bogs, with Drosera anglica growing everywhere! You could hardly take a step for fear of crushing them. That day, high in the cool air of the mountains, surrounded by sundews is a memory I will keep forever!

    Wishing you all joy and wonder!

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    You know, everytime I have visited "my bog" a 200 acre affair here in Upstate New York, I have always noted that same "pulse of excitement" and I wonder if there isn't a physiological explanation for it as well as the sheer metnal thrill. My bog sits in a bowl like depression, and considering that every square inch of it is photosynthetic, I would imagine the oxygen levels to be significantly higher there, providing an additional "rush" to the experience. If anyone is ever in the area, I would be happy to meet with them and show them the bog (weather permitting: theres not much to see in the winter).

    On my most recent visit, I noted all the Drosera rotundifolia have already set hibernacula.
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    I remeber before i knew any thing about CP's i went out to a tree farm that was rented out to a hunting camp, it was in Florida close to georga and there i forget how many sguare miles of woods most of which where swamp and pine barrens many many miles Ithink it was 40 or so. but while I was out here I found scatterd stands of S.flava every where miles back in misquito infested wilderness I could scarcelly contain my Joy. They where dotted all over beside the road every where. I had only seen a pitcher plant once that I rember in my whole life and that was a puprple pitcher plant ona friends window sill in northcarolina as a very little child. It was amazing the most wonderfull thing I have quite possibly seen.
    Oh and then I found Drosersa every where in another location
    I think it was cappillaris little red dots covering the sides of a streem goodness gracious if i died then i would have died fullfilled. I had never seen a sundew before in real life only the discovery channel. Its amazing how something that people will step on without a thought can be so fascinating,and nooneevreven notices them.I hope one day to go back and see that place to see the sarracina stands there. I also found a huge dried up old lake bed more south towards tampa the whole bottom just coverd inthe glowing red little drosera, not very long ago. That was again one of the greatest things I have discoverd [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Wow! I can only imagine what it would be like to come upon a stand of Sarracenia flava! How tall were they? The round Drosera species you saw was probably capillaris! I visited a spot in the mountains where Drosera rotundifolia literally outcompeted the sphagnum they were in. Hummocks looked like red sofa cushions glistening red in the sun.
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    Wow Id die to see a stand of rotundifolia like that! It hard to say becouse its been years but they were about 3ft tall, i just remeber being amazed by these huge pitcher plants every where, still makes my heart go pitter patter thinking about it! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] wow I really would love to see more stands like that. I plan on going to see the dried lake bed within this year and see what else i can find, down side to that is that last time i went i came back coverd in little deer ticks. A very interesting experience you can never get all of them even if you shave you head wash your body and wash your cloths, and your family will not come near you, oh so there is a positive side. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

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    Hi carnivorous23,
    Yes, I live in NY, but down near the city. Actually, I just moved north, to Putnam county, which is abou 1 hour north of the city. I don't really know the local habitat too well yet (two jobs keeps me indoors way too much). I think I need to get a copy of that latest book by what's-his-name about CP's in North America. Them maybe, just maybe I can track some down.

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    Schloaty - Oh, I'm in the other end of the state. I also need to get around to finding a copy of that book, it does sound really interesting.
    Around here, it is beginning to seem like most ponds have utricularia in them, it grows everywhere there is water that doesn't move, but it's through flowering now.

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