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Monday, 12 August 2019

Tenacity

You have to admire their tenacity. In a rock face,





or in a piece of driftwood, 





a seed finds enough soil to sprout and grow. 


How do seeds thrive in rock and other inhospitable substrates? There must be enough soil in the crevices to sustain them. 





Seeds are on a mission. Propagate! Grow! And they do, in harsh circumstances where they hang on, even thrive, long enough to bloom and produce seeds. 


Roots push into cracks and crevices and water gets in. The frost and freezing in the harsher months creates a bit more soil and the next year a few more seeds can sprout. Before long a patch of wildflowers is thriving.


Tenacity helps plants establish life in the most adverse circumstances. 





Sounds familiar!


23 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

Don't forget the plants that grow in little cracks in sidewalks. Amazing really.

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

It is amazing to see some of places plants can grow, even trees.
Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week ahead.

DJan said...

I too am always amazed at the tenacity of those plants growing in the most inhospitable places. Thanks, Marie, for the reminder to keep trying, just like they do. :-)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Lovely series of pics Marie, it often amazes me where plants survive and grow 🌱

Tabor said...

Rich red earth. I remember seeing the edge of land like this when I toured the island.

baili said...

brilliantly done post dear Marie

you have great insight to spotting life within odds

yes their tenacity make them survive through less friendly circumstances ,quite an achievement indeed !

Linda said...

Life works hard to maintain, gain hold and flourish. Beautiful red soil, lovely pics.

Rhodesia said...

It never ceases to amaze me when I see a tree growing on a rock face. Lovely set of photos. Cheers Diane

Angela said...

There are people we meet that have the same tenacity Marie! You are very observant!

Laurel Wood said...

Outstanding photos. Funny how much we spend on "good dirt" and then have no success with some plants! lol

Elephant's Child said...

It does indeed sound familiar.
Wonderful photos too.

bill burke said...

Never count a plant out. Great photos of examples of where a plant can pop up with a little help from mother nature.

Ruth Hiebert said...

I always find it fascinating to see plants grow in inhospitable places.

Rose said...

I always think it amazing at the places plants will grow. At one point there was an old building down town that had a tree growing on the roof...and it was a 'wild' tree...not one someone planted in a pot.

And somewhere I have a photo of a tree that was growing up out of an old silo. I had watched it for years before I finally made a point to stop and photograph it and the next time I looked the silo and tree were both gone.

That being said, it would be interesting for you to go back in a year or two and see what has developed.

I really enjoyed this post.

William Kendall said...

Life does find a way.

Joanne Noragon said...

And in the winter, the ice in the cracks and crevices, splintering rock to dust, too.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

I too am often amazed by the places where plants find a foothold - trees that grow out of cliffs, flowers that take root on walls and once, at 6,000 feet up in the Yugoslavian mountains, a tiny pansy growing in a crack in a boulder surrounded by ice and snow. That sandstone is a wonderful colour to highlight the green growth.

photowannabe said...

I really like that word...Tenacity...
Its hanging on when things don't look like they will work.
That's my word for the last several weeks and continues for today...
Hanging on and going and growing forward...

Debbie said...

it is amazing...the will to live, to grow!!

Catarina said...

They are really very resilient.

Natalia said...

Amazing ☺

A Joyful Chaos said...

It's both amazing and encouraging seeing plants grow in places we think would be impossible. Love how God sprinkles inspirational lessons for us throughout nature.

Blessings~

Jenn said...

Isn't that amazing how plants find a way to grow!!