I woke up to a wet morning after my first night at Pinewoods Campground a few weeks ago and decided that since I was going to be wet no matter what I did it was a good time to revisit Beulah Bog. Remember those great peacock emblazoned boots I bought? Forgot to pack 'em. Luckily the hikers I packed were my old ill-fitting ones though. First I had to hike through this:
Beautiful, but within 2 minutes I was soaked to the hips from the wet plants hanging over the trail. I did remember my rain coat though, and that kept the mosquitoes off me. Can't have a bog without those stinkers in the summer time. I kept my camera under my coat when not in use, and eventually I made it to what remains of the walkway. It's slowly losing the battle to stay above the bog. All the rain we got in June hasn't helped much.
But, on the other side of the squelchy, tottery path lies pink pogonias at this time of year. They're teeny-tiny orchids that made me smile. Perhaps Judy can weigh in with some info on the subject of pogonias. I had a hard time finding out anything besides mind numbing facts on the internet.
But the main reason I came, as always, was to see some pitcher plants. They always make me think of Newfoundland. It's kind of like going home without leaving Wisconsin. I'll be quiet now and let you enjoy the images. Don't forget that you have to imagine standing there all by yourself with only the sounds of the rain falling for company. It was wonderful.
|Pogonias chumming it up with pitcher plants|
|Lotus flower in the rain|
|Don't turn your back on me, young lady!|
|Anyone thirsty? Insects drink at your own risk!|
|Is this my good side?|
|Maybe I'm cuter seen from above?|
I know Judy talked about those little plants that look like aliens in the above photo and that they are carnivorous but can't remember what they were called. First time I noticed them out in the wild and probably because she photographed them and talked about them on her blog. Judy has lots of great photos and stories, you should head over and check them out. She's in Minnesota now living it up in tick heaven. For once I'm not too jealous!
|Selfie with submerged foot visible.|
Wandrin Lloyd recently sent me a photo entitled "what Newfies do with their old rubber boots". What kind of Newfie am I that I don't even remember to pack mine? Shockin'!