04.25.2022 Ledge Flower Bouquet

Near the waterfall I shared last week are ledges that offer several species of wildflowers to enjoy and photograph. Among the first is Early Small-flowered Saxifrage-Micranthes virginiensis.  Small-flowered is accurate as the flowers are between a quarter and third of an inch across.

Calling this a bouquet is stretching it….more like a Boutonnière. The habitat for this species is rock.  Cliffs, rocky areas, or in this case ledges. This surface where I visit them annually is moist and covered with moss and the basal rosette stems grow out and above.

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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16 Responses to 04.25.2022 Ledge Flower Bouquet

  1. Peter Klopp says:

    The wildflowers against the dark background look great, Steve.


  2. Like me, you must feel thankful that our macro lenses can resolve items as small as these flowers. It’s good that you included their size so people get the right scale. Sometimes I forget to mention the size and viewers of a closeup think a tiny thing is larger than it really is.

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  3. Ms. Liz says:

    Delicate little flowers, borne on stout stems!

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  4. Tina says:

    They sure brighten that spot! Tough little things, too–a plant I would want.

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    • They are durable, that’s for sure. Thanks to evolution we have plants and other organisms for every niche. It’s always fun to discover them and learn their success story.They are successful in shaded rock gardens I have read but, correct me if I am wrong, you are in Texas, I think, and they are not found there.


  5. Todd Henson says:

    I love that first photo. You did a great job getting enough depth of field while still keeping the background a beautiful blur, and I like that composition. I also like that you included the wider view to show the entire plant in its environment. That’s something I often forget to do and then later regret.

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  6. shoreacres says:

    The little flowers are lovely, but I really like that second photo. Seeing this kind of flower popping up in the midst of moss is something I never would have expected; I would have lingered there for some time, just looking. I’m glad you made it possible for me to sit here and just look!

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  7. Wally Jones says:

    This lovely plant looks like an alpine bloom. Terrific photographs!

    And calling it a bouquet is just fine by me.


    • Thanks, Wally!
      Posey might have been a better choice, I guess. Either way it’s a nice bunch of blooms.

      I am not sure if they are alpine species. In my copy of “Eastern Alpine Guide” two species of this genus are mentioned but not this species. It’s preferred habitat does seem like it could be an alpine survivor.


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