Tiny Translucent Petals


P.M. Update:

Here is the whole flower, for yoshizen and Gary:


I saw countless flowers like this one growing together, almost like a ground covering, in a small area of the woods nearby.  The green leaves (enhanced here, originally intended only for the top photograph, in order to “illuminate” the petals in a way) are rather thick, and the flowers themselves are very small, with a transverse measurement of about 1 1/2 inches to 2 inches, I’d say.  They’re very sturdy, and have an almost waxy appearance.  Thanks for your interest!


25 responses

  1. It’s really a puzzling photo —– in fact more of the puzzling plant.
    Aren’t those petals, rearranged upside down ?
    I really want to see the whole flower and the plant.

    May 16, 2012 at 11:20 am

    • It is a puzzling little plant, and no it’s not rearranged. I came across hundreds of these little flowers in the woods. They are very small flowers. I don’t know what kind they are. Later when I have more time, I’ll send or post the whole flower for comparison.

      May 16, 2012 at 11:37 am

      • Good good, thank you very much.
        — and are they hundreds in the woods ?
        yet, I never seen or heard of this kind.
        I can’t wait to see the whole flower.

        May 16, 2012 at 11:53 am

        • I’ve just posted it, so check it out when you get a chance. Now, I’m interested to go back. 🙂

          May 17, 2012 at 12:38 am

  2. Great shot. Nature can make such confusion. There’s a reason I’m sure.

    May 16, 2012 at 11:51 am

  3. myfullresearch

    Our brave explorer !
    Very interesting, this one.
    Nice week.

    May 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm

  4. Hey this is cool. Lovely structure and surface. Great shot again!
    Have fun! 🙂

    May 16, 2012 at 12:44 pm

  5. This looks magic! I really like it!

    May 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm

  6. These are really unique and beautiful. I haven’t seen these before.

    May 16, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    • Thank you. I had never seen them either and don’t know what they are (yet!). Now I’m eager to go back and get some more shots! 🙂

      May 17, 2012 at 12:39 am

  7. I’m looking forward to learning what these are, too, and to your shot of a larger portion of the plant. How small are these petals?

    May 16, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    • Hi, Gary. Thanks for your interest in my little flower. I’ve posted the full picture so you can see the un-cropped shot and I’ve given a few more details about the flower. Maybe I can go back to take a few more shots. I’m intrigued now. 🙂

      May 17, 2012 at 12:42 am

  8. Oh my. Beautiful colors. Beautiful symmetry.

    May 16, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    • Thank you, Carissa. These flowers have fascinating details. I hope they are still there because now I want to go back to get some more shots!

      May 17, 2012 at 12:43 am

  9. Great capture….love the colours and shapes

    May 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm

  10. Wao, This is even more puzzling photo.
    Looks like flower, yet it has no pistil kind of reproductive parts —- ? ? ?
    And flowering in this season ? I can not have any idea of its family.
    May be I should forward this photo to a botanist in Kew Garden.
    —– by the way, Where about the Location ? if I may ask.
    (not a detailed name of town kind, country, region, area)
    If you go back there, please take a photo of side view of whole plant.
    This plant (if it is plant ) looks so alien to me 🙂

    May 17, 2012 at 1:17 am

    • Right… I didn’t really think about that. Hmmmm. Well, it grows in a very shaded area (lots of tall tree coverage), if that helps. They had clearly spread all over, so they’re reproducing somehow! It’s spring weather, so cool starting to warm, not too hot. I’ll go back and get more pictures so you can see better. I did take this photograph a few weeks ago, so the plant may have changed by now.

      May 17, 2012 at 1:09 pm

  11. Wonderful detailed macro. Never saw a plant like this.

    May 17, 2012 at 6:54 pm

  12. George Weaver

    In the NE part of the US, they would freeze in the winter unless they were covered by thick fallen leaves. They must have a bulb under the soil. Pull up one to see. I bet they do. 🙂

    May 17, 2012 at 8:10 pm

  13. WOW amazing shots…never seen this before…

    May 18, 2012 at 8:29 am

  14. I never saw something like this before.
    IT’s aboslutely beautiful, thanks for sharting it, Melanie!

    May 20, 2012 at 7:40 am

  15. Jamás había visto nunca una flor así, magnífica, besos

    May 24, 2012 at 9:58 am

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