Image of the Month - JUNE 2011

Round-leaved Sundew, Råbjerg Mile, Denmark

The meat eating plant Round-leaved Sundew, gets an important nitrogen contribution through its varied diet of small insects which are caught and digested by its slimy leaves. Especially nitrogen is in short supply in the nutrient-poor bogs and this plant has adapted to these extreme conditions it would otherwise only get nutrients from the rain.

This picture was taken in the extraordinary nature at Råbjerg Mile in Northern Jutland near Skagen. I put my camera on the ground, the picture was photographed in the scale of 2:1 (double life size) and the backlight is to give the plant life and drama. It is an exciting experience to study the sundew and its catch technique, but one must be very patient and be prepared to get very muddy!

(Nikon D700, Carl Zeiss ZF.2 50mm 2,0 T* Makro-Planar, Nikon PN-11 (2:1), iso 200, handheld)

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