42 thoughts on “Autumn Abstraction: The Bog

  1. Is there a bog in the world that does not have its resident pitcher plant? How attractive it is. Your photograph captures the very essence of the plant.

    1. I’d never seen one until I traveled to east Texas. I expected to see longleaf pine savannahs, but I didn’t expect to be walking through pitcher plant-filled seepage bogs. They’re beautiful, and unexpectedly colorful. I have other, more realistic pitcher plant photos to show, but their details entranced me.

      1. All of our discussions about blue/purple just came to mind. I see the ‘other’ color as orange, rather than brown, or at least a combination of orange and brown. That may be due to the fact that I have the memory of the plants as a whole, including the flowers; they clearly tend toward the orange end of the spectrum. Whatever the color, I did like that tracing around the edge of the spiral.

    1. The colors of the plants were beautiful: this lime-ish green, muted orange, and deeper reddish-orange, especially in the flowers. You’ll be interested to know that even though it was getting late in the season, there still were a few grass pinks scattered through the pitcher plants. I could have been in one of your haunts.

      I enjoyed — and was a little amused — by your comment about using the corners to frame the plant. When I read it, I thought, “Oh. Is that what I did? No kidding.”  A good bit of my composition or cropping doesn’t involve much thought. I just work with what’s in front of me until it feels right.

      1. I will admit to the same, Linda. Often my images are pure response but I am getting better at actually thinking about what I am doing. Supposedly after years of practice we are able to respond without thinking. Unfortunately I have a societal history of doing just that with less than happy outcomes.

    1. As beautiful as vibrant fall leaves can be, I found these more muted colors equally appealing. I don’t yet know, but suspect, that the transition from green to orange/red in these plants is similar to the turning of leaves as they lose their chlorophyll. The blurred background is composed of even more pitcher plants.

    1. Well, hie thee to the Big Thicket. There are several spots to see these, but there’s a pitcher plant trail that has a boardwalk as well as more primitive hiking trails. I’ll be posting more about the place, so you can see some of the other plants that can be found there.

    1. I’d never heard the phrase “wall hanger” until I started following some other photographers, but that’s exactly what it refers to: a photo that deserves to be on a living room wall. Now that you mention it, wouldn’t this be something, enlarged and on a wall? I’m glad you’d consider it worth hanging!

  2. That does kind of look like the handle of a pitcher! This was a productive trip for you, Linda — you’ve brought back all sorts of interesting photos for us to enjoy!

    1. I hadn’t thought of a pitcher handle, but you’re right: how appropriate for a pitcher plant! Something else that suggested itself to me was the scroll on the end of a violin or other musical instrument. It certainly was a productive trip. Much in east Texas is so different from what I see here that I could have been several states away.

    1. I’ve always known you were a smart man, and your comment proves it. Lucky for you that these plants are small, and probably smart enough not to take on a big, ol’ biped.

  3. Your composition is almost an abstract painting. Wonderful.

    I think the small details in nature are almost better than the whole (of the plant/bird/landscape).

    1. Well, every whole is composed of details. The trick is noticing them and recording them. Sometimes, a focus on the details lets us come back to that whole and see it more clearly. The details are a good way to appreciate the differences among individuals of the same species, too. This was the only curled pitcher plant I found — but it was that slightly damaged curl that made it interesting to me.

    1. I’d not thought of rust, but now I can see that, too. I’ve always enjoyed sculptures that make use of Cor-Ten steel; maybe this is a variant. The weathering process here is shorter-lived, but just as attractive.

    1. Now that you’ve said that, I’m reminded of the way we kids used to make a ‘telescope’ using a thumb and a forefinger. We’d hold that little circle up to our eyes and we were sure we could see the world more clearly!

  4. I tend to like plants with elements that curl like that such as ferns. You get the sense of something unfurling with such shapes. This plant seems quite solid and the greens, yellows and fringe of rust so beautiful and complementary.

    1. My brief exposure to these odd little plants suggests that they’re capable of any number of unusual ‘endings.’ Some curled, like this one; some toppled, and others just sort of shriveled. I’m eager for the height of their season next spring, so I can see their entire life cycle. I think their beginnings are just as odd, but I haven’t spent the time yet to figure out what I actually captured with my camera.

      Speaking of ferns, have you ever seen ‘fern balls’? Some creature or other creates a little ball at the end of a frond, using the fern itself. That’s another ‘something’ I need to explore. I have photos, but no firm explanation.

    1. It does looks like a piece of public art, doesn’t it? It’s beautiful as is, but I could see its lines smoothed out a bit, and then done in stainless steel. Even Cor-Ten steel, which would rust over time, would make a memorablepiece.

  5. I like how the whole frame is filled. The spiral is so attractive and reminds me of other shapes that appear in nature such as Nautilus shells.

    1. That’s such an apt comparison. I enjoy curved forms generally, but I was rather surprised to see how neatly this fading pitcher plant was curving itself as it dried. Many of the plants I found that day had simply folded over.

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