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A closer look at “Yellow leaves fallen onto cliff ledges”

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Yellow Leaves Fallen on Limestone Ledges 6329A

From a comment about this morning’s photograph of a cliff in Great Hills Park I realized that you might not have been able to tell that the downward-branching structure at the left was an upside-down sapling, rather that what we expect to branch downward, namely roots. Here, then, is a crop from the original (and much larger) photograph, so you can see more details. I assume that the 5+ inches of rain we had on October 30–31 loosened the hold that this little tree had on the ledge.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 20, 2013 at 9:33 AM

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  1. Yeah, this works great for me. Great detail of nature ‘invading’ human establishment; something humans don’t like at all.

    M. Firpi

    November 20, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    • I’ve realised I’ve misinterpreted this. I thought they were stairs made out of stone, but they are cliffs. Anyway, it still works great.

      M. Firpi

      November 20, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      • It can be hard to judge depth in a photograph, especially one taken with a telephoto lens, which compresses distances. The cliff shown here is approximately vertical, which makes it more impressive that a tree could have gotten a foothold there.

        Steve Schwartzman

        November 20, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        • I am always surprised at the places that trees can gain a foothold. We have a lot of limestone here, and the trees grow into the cracks and thrive just fine. Strange, I say.


          November 23, 2013 at 11:30 AM

          • Strange to us, yet pretty common in nature, as both you and I have seen. I’ve photographed plenty of plants in precarious places.

            Steve Schwartzman

            November 23, 2013 at 11:42 AM

  2. Ha! I thought it was a root!!!! Poor little tree. Had I seen this, it would have made me want to somehow rescue and replant it. How’s that for a clinging to life kind of thought…… I still like how it breaks up the horizontals in the other photo. 🙂


    November 26, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    • If you’d tried to rescue the little tree you’d have been literally clinging for your life on that steep cliff. Better to have it break up the horizontals than to have you get broken up.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 26, 2013 at 12:18 AM

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