Saturday, July 25, 2009

Day 205: Pitcher Plant


Day 205: Pitcher Plant, originally uploaded by susanvg.

This is the provincial flower of Newfoundland. They seem to be able to grow in all kinds of places. Hardy and able to deal with all kinds of weather, just like the Newfoundland people. The plant is an insect eater. Insects are attracted to its colour and then slide into the pitchers at the bottom. Water collects in the base; the insects attempt to climb the walls which are very slippery and they fall back. We learned that a larva of a particular fly is able to live in the pitcher. It eats the insects, digests and eliminates. The plant is better able to absorb the predigested insects so the larva and the plant live in symbiosis.

Amazing how nature lives in harmony until humans do something to upset that balance. There is an overpopulation of moose (a non-native species) in the park. How did they get to Newfoundland? I believe they were brought by humans and have multiplied as they have no natural predators here. The moose have been eating the balsam firs which are not regenerating fast enough. How can humans undo the mess they created? Here, in this incredible wilderness the damage is not yet extensive. Yet all over our planet we have created problems through our acts. It's only a little planet and we have to become its conscientious steward.

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7 comments:

  1. How unique! Nice commentary regarding the ecosystem and environmental responsibilities!

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  2. Interesting - it looks plastic. Beautiful!

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  3. Very cool flowe that I've never seen, and a fascinating story about it to boot!

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  4. This plant looks like an alien invader, out of science fiction. Interesting shot!

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  5. Nature is fantastic and so is this photo. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. What a great flower - looks made from leather!

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  7. I missed seeing this post as I was on my own vacation!
    Wonderful angle on the pitcher plant and its flower...will try a similar shot the next time I head to the cabin!
    I've really enjoyed all your photos!

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