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Copyright: didier garnier (ddg) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-12
Categories: Water Plants
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5000
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 40-49 points [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-10 4:55
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Utricularia vulgaris L., common bladderwort or greater bladderwort
Family: Lentibulariaceae
Bladderworts are carnivorous plants with delicate, finely-divided underwater leaves and emergent snapdragon-like yellow flowers. The most distinctive underwater features are the small bladder-like traps. These traps use a vacuum to capture small invertebrates or even tiny fish that trigger the trap door. Enzymes are secreted to digest the prey which provides the plant with nutrients. Several bladderwort species are found in Washington.
Leaf: No true leaves. Instead both species have green, highly branched, finely divided underwater leaf-like stems with small seed-like bladders. Bladderwort plants often appear dense and bushy underwater. Swollen bladderwort has a distinctive spoke-like whorl of 4 to 10 wedge-shaped floating leaves, 4 to 9 cm long, which supports the flower stalk. Stem: The branched stem is up to 2 m long and can be floating, submersed, or partly creeping on the sediment, sometimes anchored at the base by root-like structures. Flower: Yellow, snapdragon-like flowers occur above the water. Swollen bladderwort: flowers to 20 mm wide, in groups of 3 to 14 on upright stalks supported by a spoke-like float. Flowers in spring in Washington. Common bladderwort: flowers to 25 mm wide on stout stalks, with a prominent spur projecting below the lower lip of the flower. Flowers often have faint purple-brown stripes. Flowers in late summer. Fruit: Capsule contains many seeds. Swollen bladderwort: fruit stalk (pedicel) to 35 mm long. Common bladderwort: fruit stalk (pedicel) to 20 mm long. Root: None.Propagation: Fragments, seeds. Swollen bladderwort: may form tiny tubers, small coiled winterbuds. Common bladderwort: may form very large (4-5 cm across) bright green winterbuds. Importance of plant: Food and cover for fish. Food for muskrats and waterfowl. Habitat for aquatic invertebrates. Swollen bladderwort: can become invasive.Distribution: Swollen bladderwort: principally in eastern North America, but introduced and increasingly present west of the Cascades. Common bladderwort: throughout the northern hemisphere.Habitat: Floating freely in shallow water, or loosely attached to the sediment.

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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2006-11-10 5:23]

Excellent note with a very interesting, drawing like photo. It is like a picture of a botanical book, amazing. Thanks for sharing.

Utricularia! Great photo and great idea.
Good composition. Very nice treknature photo with very good note.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-10 5:29]

Hello Didier,
Very intersting and artistic capture.I liked POV,framing,BG and composition a lot.Excellent work!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-11-10 5:41]

Bonjour Didier!

As a big fan of underwater world I like this picture very much! I wish I could have this fascinating plant in my aquarium! Very interesting post, high quality and arty composition.

Bonjour Didier,
Alors là, c'est une photo vraiment originale et intéressante. Vraiment, ce site (et ses membres) me font découvrir des espèces inusitées. C'est une très belle capture, vraiment artistique de cette plante méconnue. Belle prise de vue et composition et surtout, merci pour ces notes fort intéressantes. À la prochaine,

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-10 6:20]

Una gran imagen así como gran idea de capturar esta planta carnívora y además acuática Didier.
Me encanta la composición del espécimen que se asemeja a un árbol con sus ramas libres de hojas y sobre el agua que con un contrastante color y difusión para resaltar la silueta de la misma.
Imaginativa y estética presentación.
Gracias y hasta la próxima.

Great image as well as great idea of capturing this carnivorous and also aquatic plant Didier.
I love the composition of the specimen that resembles each other to a tree with their branches free of leaves and on the water that with a contrasting color and diffusion to stand out the silhouette of the same one.
Imaginative and aesthetic presentation.
Thank you and until the next one.

great, thanks for sharing this shy plant, Ori

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2006-11-10 10:33]

Hi Didier,

An interesting capture,looks like a tree of life,well captured and an interesting note,TFS


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-11-10 15:14]

Unusual shot. I love the shape and colour



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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-10 17:02]

Hi Didier,
Interesting plant and aethetic photo. Excellent note too.
TFS, José M.

bonjour didier
merci.pour la note excellente et pour cette photo qui sort de l'ordinaire.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-11-11 4:51]

Bravo pour cette prise artisanale.
Merci pour le partage.

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-11-11 5:08]

Bonjour Didier,
Très belle image ! La note est très intéressante également. Merci et encore merci.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-11-12 2:00]

Bonjour mon ami,
Joli cliché pour cette étonnante plante ! Et grâce à votre note complémentaire je me suis instruit ce matin.
Compliments maître Didier et merci

super cette plante originale, merci de nous la faire connaitre, chaque jour on découvre, félicitations, bon travail excellent détals
amitiès et encore merci

Nicely done Didier.
Very artistic frame and pleasing to the eye. Great detail, color, and light. I like the overall aesthetic impression and symmetry of this presentation :)
Have a Great Day!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-11-12 18:18]

Didier, a different subject, an excellent photo. Congratulations.

Your note is great too.

The image even has an artistic mood.

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  • servin (56)
  • [2006-11-13 16:06]

bonsoir didier,
belle composition, en la regardant comme ca , on ne croirais pas qu'elle fait partie des plantes carnivore.j'aime beaucoup tes explications.

amicalement vinciane

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-11-13 16:20]

Hi didier
Good plant shot. Good sharpnes, details, colours and POV. Also great note and frame.
Well done mf.


Curiosa e interesante planta carnívora, la imagen nítida y muy limpia. El comentario muy interesante. Saludos

Bonjour Didier
Très joli ce macro, les détails et les contrastes sont réussis très jolis couleurs
et beau BG .
Apres la mante religieuse voici la plante carnivore.
Bravo et merci JP

Great capture Didier beautifully presented. I must say your gallery is very different and interesting to browse. Very well done.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-01 1:40]

Hi Didier

First I need to congratulate you on the very articulate and informative notes. I don’t know much about this subject, but you painted a very clear picture.

Definitively this is no easy subject to photograph. The water would obviously reflect the least bit of light coming in on an angle, like it has done on the top right-hand corner, but you did very well to contain it in that area where it did not much affected the plant. The wide DOF caught great details on the plant and the bladder-like traps.

Very well done and TFS.

PS. May 2007 bring all the joy & happiness, good health & strength, and prosperity & fortune to you and your loved ones. And of course some good light on your photographs.

I agree with Krzysztof (cataclysta)
Good note and compo..

Nice framing and good idea..

Best regards,

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