This is Pursat province. We're in a very isolated village. One needs almost two days to reach that place and it's not a pleasant path to take. On top of that, This is one of the most heavily mined place of Cambodia.
It's the end of the afternoon. The following day, we would climb a hill in search of some Nepenthes. In the meanwhile, I try to enjoy the place by practising one of my favourite hobbies: entomology. I was surprised and delighted to learn that my traveling mate, Jeremy, also shares a vibrant interest for insects. We were about to chase some bugs in order to take some photos (of course, we first informed ourselves on the dreaded mines) when we stumbled onto a small pond which immediately caught my attention:
The carnivorous plants enthusiast that I am immediately spotted that swarm of yellow flowers which were piercing through the still water.
I immediately thought of some aquatic bladderwort such as U. gibba but unfortuntely, I didn't have my Peter Taylor's monograph with me and my knowledge on Utricularia are more than limited (but I will improve ;-) Nonetheless, I try to take some decent pictures in order to get the plant identified.
I can't do it. I don't have the good camera. The light is not good. I'm beginning to get angry and frustrated. I try however to shot the bladders:
I've been there for 20 minutes already, my back toward the sky, waving, squeezing, trying to get a couple of decent pitures. This sad show has attracted some kids of the neighbouring village. They must think I'm nuts ;-))
We exchanged a few smiles and faces with the kiddos, then I try to be a photographer again. and I take a few more. Nothing exceptional, needless to say:
Nothing good. I'm swearing and quit. I will just go to find myself some insects. ;-( Before I leave the pond, I take a look to my professional photographer friend (and biologist) Jeremy who finally decides to take a picture for me (I must have given him a good laugh...):
Half an hour later, I came bach, happier (I saw many insects). Jeremy didn't move.