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Autumn Beauty In A Bog

During the summer, peat bogs (acidic wetlands with soft, spongy ground composed largely of living and decaying (peat) sphagnum moss) display an abundance of colorful flowers, including those of bog laurel, rhodora, bog rosemary and numerous orchids including the vibrant grasspink, among others. With the onset of autumn, long after these blossoms have disappeared, an even more impressive blaze of colors erupts in bogs. The foliage transitions from summer green to autumn yellows, oranges and reds. Tamarack’s deciduous needles form a golden haze backdrop before falling to the ground. Much of the spongy sphagnum moss turns a deep maroon. The intensity of pitcher plants’ greens and reds is noticeable, and the ground is often covered with ripe red cranberries and glistening sundew. There really isn’t a more colorful time of year to visit a bog! (Photo: pitcher plant, cranberry and sphagnum moss)

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15 responses

  1. Gordon W. Gribble

    Looks like a Pitcher Plant!

    November 8, 2019 at 9:05 am

  2. Beautiful photos. I love pitcher plants and cranberry plants.

    November 8, 2019 at 9:08 am

  3. Dianne Rochford

    THANKS for this ‘Autumn Glory’

    :-),Dianne >

    November 8, 2019 at 9:12 am

  4. Pam Bullock

    Stunning photo!!

    November 8, 2019 at 9:22 am


    OMG — what a beautiful photo this morning…!!!!!


    November 8, 2019 at 9:24 am

  6. Alice

    What beautiful colors on the Pitcher Plant! Trying to think how you took that photo without lying on your belly & getting ‘damp!’

    November 8, 2019 at 9:29 am

    • i layed on my belly and got damp, Alice!

      November 8, 2019 at 10:26 am

      • Alice

        Your photo is well worth a damp belly!

        November 8, 2019 at 10:50 am

  7. Rita

    So beautifyl. Thanks you.

    November 8, 2019 at 10:12 am

  8. Bruce

    Try early morning “wet belly” photography (helped by the dew formed during cool late-summer and fall evenings) if you are searching for beautiful “intimate landscapes” such as this one!

    November 8, 2019 at 11:07 am

  9. Jean Harrison

    Gorgeous photo, Mary. Thank you.

    November 8, 2019 at 2:21 pm

  10. Bill On The Hill

    Gorgeous image Mary… There are several ways ( techniques ) to get the entire plant in focus Mary. ( 1 ) focus stacking in post, no worries I don’t have the software either! ( 2 ) Try using a smaller aperture, in this case f/14 or f/16 would help. Another little trick of mine would be put the ” spot ” center focus just a hair ahead of that red berry. It’s all about experimenting until you get the look your after. The beauty of today’s digital cameras, simply DELETE & try again! Use a tripod & a shutter switch if possible & keep your belly dry!
    Bill… :~)
    PS: I could have some fun with this plant using a external flash too… :~)

    November 8, 2019 at 2:39 pm

  11. Beautiful post Mary, both in script and photo. Thank you for this stunning glorification of fall.

    November 8, 2019 at 4:17 pm

  12. Alice

    It would make a gorgeous Christmas Card, or Calendar page, or a photo on a wall!

    November 8, 2019 at 4:24 pm

  13. Kim H


    November 9, 2019 at 10:27 am

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