Grand Rapids, Michigan (2012)
Most roots do their growing underground out of view of the observer. What mystery leads them to lengthen and sink into the soil, offering nourishment to the plant? This photo of the long roots of native Michigan plants give a glimpse of something typically unseen but very important for life. These roots act as straws, soaking up rainwater which help the plant to grow and contribute to the beauty and health of local ecosystems.