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Borrego Springs, CA

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Picturing pitchers

A post of few words this evening as I spent today on mundane chores, but got lost this afternoon in pitcher picture heaven.

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These blooms may look the same as the flowers from the white pitcher plants, but they’re not.  These are only a little over an inch wide and only rise about six inches from the savannah floor.

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They are the blooms of the parrot’s beak pitcher plant.  Once insects are lured inside the ‘beak’, a small trap door closes, and it’s curtains for the bug!  This pitcher plant is very small and spreads its beaks under the grasses.  This was a new plant for me, and I really had to search on hands and knees for it.  Cool beans!

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Once I got back on my feet, Emma and I took a rest at one of the benches along the Dees Trail.

Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later,  Judy

29 comments:

  1. Wow! The pitcher flowers are stunning.

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  2. Bless you for you done well! ....to continue on with the Heaven theme!!!!!

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  3. Oh my Judy! You have out done yourself! These are absolutely gorgeous!
    Thanks for introduction of a new to me wildflower. :)

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  4. Gorgeous pictures. Well worth getting down and gritty to get the shots.

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  5. Cool Beans isn't the half of it. These are gorgeous. You are SO lucky! I would LOVE to accompany you and Emma on these outings.

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  6. great pictures of the pitchers!!!

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  7. Your pitchers are worth a thousand words!

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  8. Great pics of the pitchers! Nothing wrong with just seeing you pretty captures.

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  9. such a beautiful plant can understand you fascination'Donna

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  10. I have never seen pitcher pictures so beautiful. I actually know nothing about the flower but love looking at the photos. Thanks for doing such a super job!

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  11. I have never seen a Pitcher plant but I sure would like to, they are lovely!

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  12. Pitcher picture heaven is right! Outstanding, Judy!

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  13. Gorgeous Pitchers!! Makes my trilliums I shot today pale in comparison!

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  14. Just wonderful. . .makes me know I will need to make more of an effort to visit the pitcher plant area in the Big Thicket National Preserve in Kountze TX. . .I didn't realize what I've been missing. . .thanks for sharing!

    Janice
    ReadyToGoFullTimeRVing.com

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  15. Your walks are a lot flatter than mine! Lucky you.

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  16. Hi Judy, I read your blog quite often but I don't think I've ever commented. You brought me out today with your excellent pitcher plants photos! A few years back I volunteered in the greenhouse at our local botanical gardens here in Tucson. I photographed the pitcher plants and every time I looked at those photos, they made me laugh. It was like they were having a conversation. So, what's a gal to do but get into Photoshop and put together a couple of setups for paintings. You can see them here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/8811319@N06/2790575833/in/photostream
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/8811319@N06/2791425756/in/photostream

    The titles tell you the conversation they are having. The second one was actually in a gallery show for humorous paintings. I just had to share them with you since this is the second time you've shown the pitcher plants.

    Great blog! Grace

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  17. The true sign of a photographer - get low, get close :-)))

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  18. Wow! Beautiful! thank you for sharing these gorgeous photos...

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  19. Sometimes a whole lot of words just aren't necessary - great photos!

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  20. These are really unique plants and you capture them so well.


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  21. I love the pitcher plants. I also love the way the cranes make themselves orange. Beautiful pictures.

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  22. Girlfriend, you need to strap on some knee pads for all your crawling through the wetlands...and maybe get one of those bee keeper hats to keep off the "skeeters!"...Has Nat Geo called you yet for permission to publish your picture/Pitchers???Well, if they havent ..THEY SHOULD!!!!!!

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  23. your pictures are always soooo amazing! Thanks for sharing. Unfortunately we did not make it to the nature reserve in Eufaula, but I put it on my list for the next time through.

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  24. What gorgeous photos ~ I really enjoyed them... Glad you are having a great time there!
    Have fun & Travel safe
    Donna

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