04.17.2020 Living Large on a Ledge

Another wildflower found on the ledges near yesterday’s waterfall is Early Small-flowered Saxifrage-Micranthes virginiensis. Despite my title, referring more to the plant’s success growing on rock than size, this is a tiny wildflower and the inflorescence is not very big at all.  Just a bit more in diameter than a dime.

Small though they are, the flowers do make a nice litle bouquet.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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34 Responses to 04.17.2020 Living Large on a Ledge

  1. shoreacres says:

    The tightly clustered buds remind me of the very earliest stage of bluecurls buds.

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  2. Todd Henson says:

    Great find. And fascinating the difference between the two, though they’re the same. Just a shift in perspective and intent and you show us two different worlds.

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  3. Beauty know no size. Another example…water droplet.

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  4. That’s a good closeup. You must be happy to finally be getting some wildflowers.

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  5. A very pretty bouqet, indeed, Steve, but I also really like the setting/backdrop. Do you happen to know the name of the surrounding plant?

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  6. It’s a fractal world.


  7. Beautiful flower. I love all the small things. I don’t think I’ve seen this flowering plant in my area of New Jersey.

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  8. Nice Steve! Like the detail!

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  9. Beautiful find, Steve. Amazing how nature manages to hold on, even with very little to hold on to, but just enough.

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  10. Eliza Waters says:

    Marvelous images, Steve! The first reminds me of a William Morris print.

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  11. susurrus says:

    I love that first shot, Steve. Eliza put it well. It is so rich and textural.

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  12. bluebrightly says:

    Cool! I love your photos and the way this little guy grows through the moss. There seem to be a lot of Saxifrages on this island – several of the early wildflowers here belong to that family. Later, there are Heucheras, Tellima, Tolmiea, and Tiarella! There’s something about the rock garden types that appeals and I can’t put my finger on it. Maybe their upright posture and bold stance are a bit tree-like, or human-like, albeit on a far smaller scale. Our version of yours is M. integrefolia. There are lots of them in my current favorite park (because it’s open?) growing on rocky, open balds.


  13. Dave Ply says:

    Very nice. I wonder how many folks would walk right on past and not notice?

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