solitude in the pitcher plant bog- Weeks Bay, Fairhope Photographer

For some time now, I've been wanting to take a fairly quick trip to a local pitcher plant bog. This is a state protected wetland preserve that is home to an usual and fragile environment of rare and diverse flowering plants. Most specimens located here, including the pitcher plant, are carnivorous- they capture and eat their nutrients. They bloom in late spring and summer. I was only finding small early patches of their blooms in the red variety. There are several varieties of the pitcher plants here, but even more varieties of orchids that come out in the summer. My walk was so peaceful. Birds, butterflies, a lizard and the refreshing cold blowing western wind hosted me for almost 2 hours. I definitely feel the need to visit again and perhaps the next time I'll see even more blooms and rare plants in action in their habit that has been protected for our enjoyment.