Reflections on the Fen

Larry Trupp

Winnipeg, Canada

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Spagnum Moss on the Fen

Featured in The World As We see it, or as we missed it.13 January 2011

Captured last summer on the fen, at Blue Lake Provincial Park, Northern Ontario, Canada.

Camera Details: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi, 55mm Lens, Aperture exp 5.6, Shutter speed 1/400, ISO 200

Did you know that

20, 000 years ago, almost all of Canada and the Northern United States was covered by a giant glacier. When the glacier melted, it left a tremendous amount of water all over Ontario in the form of lakes, rivers and wetlands. There are many kinds of wetlands , that you are probably familiar with like marshes, swamps and bogs but the one before you is actually a FEN.

Biologically, wetlands like marshes are among the most productive habitants on Earth. They receive plenty of light and water, which makes them perfect for plant growth, and they provide food for many animals. Wetlands like bogs and fens, however tend to be less productive because their water is stagnant, cold, low in oxygen and nutrients, and acidic. Nonetheless, they are “Home Sweet Home” to many perserving plants.

Would you consider having a BATH in a Fen? Probably not, but waterways can be compared to bathtubs, to illustrate how they function. Lakes are like giant rocky bathtubs, connected by pipes (rivers and streams) that keep water, oxygen, and nutrients flowing in and out. A bog is like a SEALED bathtub with no water exchange so it becomes stagnant. A FEN is somewhere in betwen a lake and a bog. It is like a bathtub that has LEAKY sides (so ground water flows in) and a leaky DRAIN ( so water flows out).

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