Dead plants are among my favorite subject to photograph. In college, I created entire portfolios and projects based on the beauty of death and decay. I’m endlessly fascinated by the textures, colors, and the whole concept of cyclical death and rebirth. So just as a forewarning, there are lots of photos of Venus flytrap dormancy ahead! You should also check out this post for a sense of what dormancy looks like.
In these shots, I get a little artsy. I gotta pay tribute to my artistic roots! 😉
As shown above, dormant Venus flytraps are known to show very intense red coloring and prostrate growth. But as you can see below, they also make some other interesting colors!
I’m also oddly fascinated by where the trap leaf starts turning black as it begins to decline.
I’m breaking the artsy vibe for a minute. Here is a recent, but crappy cell phone photo of the entire pot of adult flytraps. This is the before photo of doing some major black trap trimming!
And here is the after photo! I trimmed away everything that was completely black and relatively easy to get to. I still triggered a few traps and accidentally cut some green growth, oops! Many plants still have thick clusters of dead traps that I couldn’t get to without practically uprooting the whole plant. I will wait a couple months before doing that!
And now back to artsy photos! Mostly of the carcasses with some Sarracenia trimmings in there too.
Of course, I can’t wait to see my plants growing again. But I’m content with this kind of natural beauty for now!
Have an excellent weekend everyone! 😀