A Walk in a Bog in Georgia's Coastal Plains Region


Yellow Trumpet Pitcher Plant
Sarracenia flava
Photography by Bonnie M. Morét
 
Of eight pitcher plant species found in the United States, seven are native to Georgia.  All seven species are on Georgia’s protected plants list.  One species, the white-topped pitcher plant, once occurred in five Georgia counties but no longer can be found in the state. Another species, the green pitcher plant, is on the federal endangered species list. 

Three species of these fascinating plants grow in profusion at the 650-acre Doerun Pitcher Plant Bog. The preserve also harbors one of the last vestiges of the great longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem that once covered the southern half of Georgia.

My three-hour drive to Georgia's Costal Plains region was an insightful experience.  In addition, the elusive Bachman's sparrow filled the day with song. 

Special thanks to Kathryn Kolb and Jessica Muhammad of EcoAddendum and former Georgia Native Plant Society President Kathryn Gable for sharing your bevy of knowledge.  Thank you for doing what you do. 

Highlights below:

3-ft yellow trumpet pitcher plants.

Sarracenia minor is also known as the hooded pitcher plant.

Wow ... just wow!

A nasty stinging nettle plant.

Georgia wild blackberries.

Candyroot.

These yellow trumpet pitcher plants were the highlight of the day.
 
Common Buckeye
 
Showy Water Primrose

Tephrosia virginiana is known as Goat's-rue.

The bark of a young Longleaf Pine resembles a snake's skin.

Butterfly Milkweed.

I just learned that the Prickly Pear Cactus IS native to Georgia.

Nature enthusiasts enjoying the walk and knowledge of former
Georgia Native Plant Society President Kathryn Gable (center).

Time to say good-bye to these gorgeous yellow trumpet pitcher plants.
 

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Bonnie Morét is an award-winning photographer recognized by The Georgia Council of the Arts as "an exceptional representation of contemporary Georgia art work." Her photography is featured on Georgia Public Broadcast's Georgia Traveler. Her exhibitions include Fifth Annual Exposure Awards at Musee du Louvre in Paris, France, Art Takes Miami at Scope Art during Art Basel Miami, Metro Montage XIII at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, World of Water at the Georgia Aquarium, Open Walls at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Wholly Georgia: A Look at the Effects of Southern Religious Culture, sponsored by the Art History League and Georgia State University, at Mint Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, 6x6 at the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center in Rochester, New York, @Phonography: Dialogue in the Wireless Age, at 3 Ring Circus in New Orleans, Louisiana, and About Lands and Lives of the Civil War at the 6th Cavalry Museum in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. Her photography appears in Modern Luxury/The Atlantan, Jezebel Magazine, and hangs in the executive offices at the Georgia State Capitol as part of the Art of Georgia exhibit. Corporate clients include Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta History Center, Chanel Cosmetics, Christian Dior Cosmetics, Sharp Mountain Vineyards, PM Realty Group, Granite Properties, Road Atlanta, Patrón Tequila, Georgia's Own Credit Union, StubHub, CBM Records and The Washington Auto Show.