Not-so-Mellow Yellow

March 12, 2014 at 7:18 pm (National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Photography, Wildflowers) (, , , )

Yellow Butterwort

Yellow Butterwort

There are several yellow-flowered plants in and around the Okefenokee swamp that don’t quite act like you’d expect a plant to act.  The yellow butterwort, like its relatives the dwarf and purple butterwort, eats BUGS!

Yellow butterwort leaves

Yellow butterwort leaves

The flower itself is not the carnivorous part.  Instead it is the whorl of leaves at the base, often covered in dead pine needles or other vegetation.  If you look very closely, you will see little beads of sticky sap that both entice and snare ants and other small denizens of the ground.  The leaf’s enzymes will digest these little mites to extract minerals that are absent from the boggy soil. Read the rest of this entry »

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September Sunrise Okefenokee

September 6, 2013 at 4:56 am (Dragonflies and Bugs, Georgia, National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Photography, Uncategorized) (, , , , )

First Light, Okefenokee

First Light, Okefenokee

The Honey Prairie Fire of 2011 consumed a beloved part of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge – the Chesser Island Boardwalk.  Two and a half years later, its rebuilding is nearly complete.  People who have been on the boardwalk before the fire tell me it was like walking through a tunnel of trees.  Now the vista is open, and heretofore unseen wetland pools shimmer with white water lilies and redroot.

Shelter #1 and boardwalk

Shelter #1 and boardwalk

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