Daily Archives: June 11, 2007

Robert Servranckx – Green Mountain Workshop

Beautiful pictures taken two weeks ago in Vermont, Robert Servranckx’s Nature Photography gives us tranquility but also a hint of the savage, as photos of carnivorous plants, in all their beautiful glory and deadly attractiveness, mix with serene images of waterfalls and lake.

The picture at left is a pitcher plant and the liquid inside is not water but a liquid produced by the plant itself that drowns and dissolves the insects the plant lured with either its color or an offering of nectar smells. The way the pitcher plants digest their preys is either through bacterial action or by using enzymes. Either way,

 “…the prey items are converted into a solution of amino acids, peptides, phosphates, ammonium and urea, from which the plant obtains its mineral nutrition (particularly nitrogen and phosphorus). Like all carnivorous plants, they occur in locations where the soil is too poor in minerals and/or too acidic for most plants to be able to grow.” See Wikipedia for more.

I already have two of Robert’s prints (beautifully framed), and I don’t tire of looking at them. They capture one instant but make you imagine that life goes on and that everything in natue is elusive and ephemeral.

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