Friday, October 24, 2008
The Plants of Little Pond Day 2
Hi All- I had some computer problems last night, and wasn't able to post the answer to the plant quiz like I had promised. Would you believe that the yellow shrub is actually a pine tree? It is tamarack, Larix laricina. Usually, they are tree-like, but this one was behaving as a shrub. The stringy shrub in the picture is leatherleaf. Both of these species are potentially threatened in Ohio. The best place to see them is in the bogs of Northeast Ohio, like Triangle Lake and Kent bog. Also, the red stuff? It is a species of sphagnum moss that is quite attractive. I've seen reddish sphagnum at Kent and Triangle, but at little pond, it dominates certain areas, and as Lana said, this scene was almost completely void of any blue or green tones, just reds and yellows.
Here's another plant shot from the bog and little pond, and I hope this one is more familiar to everyone.
Any guesses? This photo is shot with an extreme wide angle lens that I rented for our trip to Maine. I decided on the Canon EFS 10-22 from Lensrentals.com, and what fun I had with it. Although landscapes are what you typically think of when thinking wide angle photography, I tried taking closeup up shots of various subjects, including this scene of the Sphagnum moss and today's mystery plant.