Monday, June 26, 2017

Ponemah Bog Wildlife Refuge

Pitcher Plants (Sarracenia purpurea) flower in early June at the Ponemah Bog Refuge in Amherst, NH. They had gone by when I visited but the traps were fully developed and in operation. It's a deadly landscape for insects.

The bog is a unique place, a large kettle hole filled with sphagnum moss a process that occurred over 18,000 years.

Sarracenia purpurea

A short 3/4 mile walk along a boardwalk allows visitors to observe the plants. It is dangerous to get off the boardwalk.

A close up view of  sundew plants

Each "dewdrop" is actually a sticky liquid that traps insects. The hairs move the insect to the pad where they are digested for the benefit of the plants.

The pitcher plant flowers were past peak blooms

Notice hairs are located downward to prevent insects from escaping

Ponemah Bog is a great place to pick blueberries

I believe this is a bog laurel

Unfurling fern fronds

Cute very small mushroom growing out of moss

See the insects?

Some weird mold growing on some of the plants. I decided not to touch it

Some weird gall growing on a red pine tree