E.J.Wilkins

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Sundew

Possibly Oblong-leaved Sundew Drosera intermedia

Photographed in the New Forest, in an area of boggy ground on which Cotton Grass also grows.

 

Sundews are insectivorous plants. They attract insects which are then trapped by the sticky liquid on the little hairs. The insects bodies are then 'digested', with the nutrients absorbed by the plant. This is a way of supplementing the plant's diet - because the soil on which they grow is usually poor in nutrients.

 

The plants are quite small and easily missed, the largest are about an inch and a half across.

 

I've tried again and again, for several years, to get what I would call a decent picture of one of these plants, but they defeat me each time. Perhaps I've used the wrong aperture or the wrong lens. This pictures is one of the best I've managed to take this year.

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Sundew

Possibly Oblong-leaved Sundew Drosera intermedia

Photographed in the New Forest, in an area of boggy ground on which Cotton Grass also grows.

 

Sundews are insectivorous plants. They attract insects which are then trapped by the sticky liquid on the little hairs. The insects bodies are then 'digested', with the nutrients absorbed by the plant. This is a way of supplementing the plant's diet - because the soil on which they grow is usually poor in nutrients.

 

The plants are quite small and easily missed, the largest are about an inch and a half across.

 

I've tried again and again, for several years, to get what I would call a decent picture of one of these plants, but they defeat me each time. Perhaps I've used the wrong aperture or the wrong lens. This pictures is one of the best I've managed to take this year.

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comments (18)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 6 Sep 2010, 02:11
Drosera for sure, but I don't know which one.

This is our local variant:

http://mainlythai.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Carnivore_/

Very nice shot, Ellie.
EJWilkins: Ah, I see you have similar issues (problems) with being able to show more than a very small part of the plant. I hadn't realised the species had variants in other parts of the world, although it now seems a bit dim to say so!
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Sep 2010, 06:32
You have done a fine job. Those droplets are impressive.
EJWilkins: The droplets are, I think, what manages to confuse the camera
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Sep 2010, 07:45
Oh, how delightful, Ellie. You can be downright proud of this one!
EJWilkins: Pleased with it Ginnie, but I'm sure there's a better picture to be taken, if I can work out how
Just gorgeous with these droplets Ellie!
EJWilkins: Those gorgeous droplets are deadly to any unsuspecting insect
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 6 Sep 2010, 08:32
Ellie this is a great photo,well done
EJWilkins: After three or more seasons of photographing the things this is the best so far. I'm hoping to better it next time I try
Wow ! This is a stunning shot Ellie !
EJWilkins: That's kind of you to say so Ferdi, but I think there are plenty of photographers who could do better.
  • Tracy
  • England
  • 6 Sep 2010, 09:05
How delicate is that, lovely shot Ellie smile
EJWilkins: THey're amazing little plants Tracy, hard to spot because they're so small. If you see cotton grass growing you might also see sundews
Lovely stuff, the stuff of Science Fiction Ellie. Thanks for explaining this.
EJWilkins: Man couldn't have designed these, that's for sure!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 6 Sep 2010, 09:16
This is a fine picture Ellie: but I suspect your problem in trying to photograph these captivating but small plants is that perhaps you have been getting too close to take a shot? I say that because that's the problem I had
EJWilkins: You know, I think you're probably right. Next year, or maybe if I can still manage to find some this year, I'll try a much smaller aperture and from a greater distance.
Ow, what a treasure!! Just like little diamonds
EJWilkins: Beautiful, but deadly, little diamonds
Nothing wrong with this one. Beautiful, I'd say.
EJWilkins: I think the focus is too shallow Mary, I'd like to see more of the plant in detail. I think I know what I've been doing wrong and hopefully will achieve what I want next time
This is an absolute belter ellie. Well done!
EJWilkins: An absolute belter of a little plant Bill.
This compliments Bill's science fiction imagery

richard
EJWilkins: I think it probably does Richard, the plant doesn't seem 'real' does it.
A fascinating picture, Ellie. So much interesting in such a small subject.
EJWilkins: They're such tiny plants, you have to get down on your hands and knees to see them properly. I'm fascinated with them each year, and each year I try to get a better picture of them
A splendid shot Ellie.
EJWilkins: Kind of you to say so Sheila
Fantastic Macro
EJWilkins: Thank you
Absolutely splendid. Caught the droplets perfectly
EJWilkins: I think it's the droplets that manage to confuse the camera, I'm glad some of them came out clearly.
I've never seen this plant in the wild. Beautiful picture. A+ VAL smile

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