10/3/2010: Peat Bog details

Happy Sunday!

As I said yesterday, the peat bog at Quoddy Head State Park is a vibrant habitat. I don’t know how it looks in spring or summer, but in fall, the dense mix of mosses and lichens, in shades of red and green (and even white) form a rich carpet, dotted with an amazing abundance of pitcher plants, most of which in this season are deep red or even purple. The closer you look the more inspiring it becomes. The contrasts of color and texture and form, and the variety packed into every square foot, are, to my eye, wonderfully beautiful.

It makes me want, as few habitats to, to study…to find out what all these plants are and how they are related. The carpet of the bog is so alive…I want to know how it works. There has to be a fascinating story in anything so intricate and so beautiful.

And, of course (being Sunday), while there is certainly a science that makes up the story, for me it will always be the story of a Creator from whom I inherit the eye and the heart that can appreciate such intricate beauty: that can stand in awe and respond in worship.

This is the kind of environment and the kind of work that brings out the best in the Canon SX20IS. This set of shots runs from one end of the macro zoom range to the other; several would have been very difficult, shooting from the narrow boardwalk, without the lip out LCD viewer; and the detail shots, in the dim light of foggy day, are all at an impressive ISO 200. And I can fully appreciate the beauty in Canon’s accomplishment as well.


Of course, I do plan a trip back to Quoddy Head in the spring to see what the peat bog looks like then!


5 Responses to “10/3/2010: Peat Bog details”

  1. 1 Rafi
    10/03/2010 at 6:32 am

    Those are very interesting plants..

  2. 10/03/2010 at 8:34 am

    These are all very beautiful!!

  3. 3 Jane Klorer
    10/03/2010 at 9:37 am

    Great pics! It sure is a cold one here in MA and cloudy !

  4. 10/03/2010 at 3:49 pm

    Great colours and detail

  5. 5 Wendy Hollands
    10/04/2010 at 4:55 am

    beautiful vibrant colours, very interesting plants!!

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