05.10.2021 Macro Monday Marsh Marigold

Nothing challenging about that alliteration.

As the name implies, these grow in some wet conditions and, in this case, swampy.  Several times my boots got sucked deep into the muck, fortunately they are “Muck Boots”, and I almost had to pull my feet out of them to get free. Once a particularly resistant hold ended up with my knees in the muck and I had to ride home mucky, not lucky…and a bit stinky.

Marsh Marigolds-Caltha palustris are members of the Buttercup family which they more resemble than Marigolds and causes one to wonder why not Marsh Buttercups…which of course would have killed the four-part harmony of the alliterative title.

I’ve never picked on so have no idea how good they are at predicting whether one likes butter or not but they do have a buttery glow.

Many of us as a child had a buttercup held under our chin to tell whether we like butter…who doesn’t? And they do reflect their yellowy glow. But as with everything in nature, there is more to what a particular organism does than meets a child’s eye…or an adult’s. This article explains why the reflection and how the plant potentially uses this quality to attract pollinators.  I suppose I owe it to science to pluck one and try it out.


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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26 Responses to 05.10.2021 Macro Monday Marsh Marigold

  1. Yup, these definitely resemble buttercups. I’m glad you provided a ling to the article that explains the flowers’ shine, which I’ve often noticed. On the other hand, I’d never heard about holding a buttercup under someone’s chin as a butter-liking test, or for any other purpose.

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  2. Very interesting! I enjoyed your post and the linked article.

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  3. Lemony says:

    Beautiful detail!

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  4. shoreacres says:

    I’ve never heard of holding a buttercup beneath a chin; we always put dandelions to work for that particular purpose. I was pleased to recognize this as a member of the buttercup family. Our local buttercups tend to be quite small, but this spring I found a species with large flowers, and the flowers do look similar. There are obvious differences in the leaves, however — not to mention where they’re found.

    That article is interesting.The reflection on the flowers’ petals has vexed me a time or two while I was trying to photograph them. The possibility that the reflection might aid in attracting pollinators reminded me of the reason some sailors and hikers carry mirrors with them. You never know when you might want to attract someone’s attention.

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    • I had never heard of doing that with dandelions and that wouldn’t indicate a love of butter I would imagine. Of course everyone, well almost everyone, loves butter so I guess dandelions could.
      I’ve read of lost hikers, or someone lost on a three hour tour, attracted attention and received a rescue as a result. Some even used Morse code. The strategies that flowers employ to assure pollination is amazing and fun to learn about.


  5. Jet Eliot says:

    I enjoyed this deep look into buttercups, Steve, as well as your fun story of sinking into the muck. Your photos are magnificent. I liked the first one for the overall look, and the second one drew us in to the veins. You pulled us in so close to that second buttercup photo, that I found myself, after reading the great linked article, trying to see the air-gap layer, which of course is impossible.

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    • I am glad that you enjoyed both the images and the article, Jet. Thank you! From a distance the flowers look entirely yellow but upon getting close one notices the green veins. I know what you mean about looking for something we’ve heard of but which cannot be seen. It’s good to know of such things even without our own personal experience with them. Thanks goodness for scientists. 🙂

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    The reflection works with dandelions, too, which are much easier to find. 😉

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  7. I love seeing marsh marigolds, and especially because they’re often brightening up some pretty mucky places.

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  8. I’m a little disappointed that your alliteration ended after only four words, Steve. How about Macro Monday Marvelously Merry Marsh Marigold? 🙂

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  9. Adele Brand says:

    Pretty! I didn’t know that this species was found on your side of the Atlantic too. It’s widespread in wet habitats in the UK, and is sometimes called ‘kingcup’ here.

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  10. Todd Henson says:

    I’m not sure if I’ve seen these yet, but this past weekend we did see a number of similar looking flowers along the trail, not in marshy areas so possibly a different variety. I love how the flowers rise up from the leaves on these, and the inclusion of some unopened buds is great.

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  11. Very nice series of images Steve! Enjoyed seeing them!

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