Beaver Lake Nature Center (near to Syracuse, NY)

The Pitcher Plant is a carnivore. It leaves are designed to curl and fuse together to retain water. Passing insects that happen to fall into the liquid have a difficult time getting out of the liquid due to the specially designed bristled upper surface of the leaf and the slippery , smooth sides further down. The captured insect eventually drowns in the liquid and enzymes break it down to a usable food supply for the plant.

The plants were just beginning to bud out and mosses were becoming bright green at the time of my visit.

On the Hemlock Hollow Trail, the darkness and shade favoured the various fungal growths with their own collections of shapes, colours and growth patterns

Likely a variant of Orange Polypore (Pyncoporus cinnabarinus)

About Ron

Ron has long had an interest in photography and traveling and, in recent years, has had more time to devote to both activities. Long a Pentax user, Ron switched to Nikon gear when he went digital. The advent of the digital SLR camera, and the ease of the internet blogging process, has provided a venue for sharing his photography and travel experience at the local, national and international level. More about Ron
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