Round-leaved Sundew

In an earlier post I noted that I had found two of the three species of sundew that occur in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, but had not yet located the Round-leaved Sundew (Drosera rotundifolia).  My search came to an end in late July while I was hiking in Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area.  I was busy photographing several flowers and was about to walk away when I noticed the a small patch was covered in sundew.  It only took a couple moments to locate this Round-leaved sundew.

This was a pretty good summer for pine barrens plants, my first year of really attempting to learn about the botany of this amazing area.   I have a few more photos to process and plan to have them posted soon.  In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you think about my sundews!

Comments welcome!!

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Busy, Busy Summer and a Swollen Bladderwort

Summer has been speeding along for me and it seems that I have had time for everything but blogging.  I have a backlog of photos to share, though, and I offer this interesting flowering plant today – the Swollen Baldderwort (Utricularia inflata).

Bladderworts are carnivorous herbs which feed on small aquatic animals and grow without roots in water or wet sands.  You may recall from my earlier posts that I am in the very early stages of learning about the plant (and especially the wildflowers) of the New Jersey pine barrens.  There are several examples of bladderworts which occur in the pine barrens and I found this one in a couple locations, Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area and Allaire State Park.

I hope you find the Swollen Bladderwort as facinating as I do and thank you for your patience as I gradually catch up on my postings.

One final comment for tonight.  Thank you very much to the reader who provided me with the correct name for the “Redbuds” shown in an earlier posts.  I now know that these are the flowers of the Red Maple (Acer rubrum).  Thank you!!!

Pine Barrens Treefrogs

Colliers Mills WMA, NJ

During the spring I participate in several bird population studies, managed by the wonderful folks in New Jersey Audubon Society’s Citizen Science program.   To accomplish one of these studies, I drive about 10 miles on sandy dirt roads through the Pine Barrens, after dark, stopping every mile to listen for and count Whip-poor-wills.   At a couple locations I also hear Pine Barrens Treefrogs singing away in the dark.  One of my personal challenges this year is to capture a photographic image of these amazing little frogs.  Here is a really cool video, featured on a nature photography blog, of several Pine Barrens Treefrogs found in North Carolina.

Masculine (or Crazy)

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I took this photo in part because I had never seen anyone ice fishing in New Jersey before this weekend.  Years ago, when I was living first in upstate New York and then Vermont, ice fishing was a popular sport among those crazy enough to sit on the ice for hours at a time (I suppose alcohol was involved…it would certainly have to be for me).  I am no chauvinist but I don’t ever remember seeing a woman out ice fishing, proof positive in my mind of their superior intellect!  We’ve had a very cold winter so far, one of the coldest in years, and I spotted this fellow out on the ice of Turnmill Pond at Colliers Mills as I finished up my day of hiking.   Ice fishing in southern New Jersey…amazing!

Playing Around with Photoshop CS4

Bumblebee

Looks like it’ll be a couple weeks before I get the chance to spend a day out for photography.  In the meantime, I’ve started taking classes on both Photoshop Lightroom and Photoshop CS4.   I took this photo last September during a day of birding at one of my favorite locations, Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Ocean County, NJ.  I set up my camera to photograph the flower when this bumblebee flew in and started feeding.   I’ve done some processing with CS4, created the frame, and added my copyright line.  While I’m sure other improvements could be accomplished by someone more experienced with this incredible software, I’m pretty happy with the results.