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Floating duckweed, among the world’s smallest flowering plants, floats on Merchants Millpond, turning the surface green, while a single bright plant flowers at the furrowed base of a bald cypress.

Through the spring and summer, duckweed is kept afloat by air trapped between its cells. As fall progresses, the plant collects more starch in its leaves, filling up the air pockets, increasing leaves’ density.  Eventually, the plant becomes so heavy it sinks.

But in the spring the duckweed begins to rise again. The older, heavier leaves remain submerged but provide starch to drive the growth of younger, more buoyant sprigs.

The seasons on Merchants Millpond aren’t represented just by the birth and death of leaves on the cypress and tupelo trees, but the rising and sinking of duckweed from the depths.


Print Quality

Our archival quality images are printed on Moab Exhibition paper using Canon Lucia inks, providing lustrous reproducttions with a board color gamut that resists aging. For more information on the technology used, see our page on print quality.

The images on this site have been highly compressed to speed page loading. Some artifacts from the process may be visible but the image files used for printing are high resolution.

Sound Rivers

Five percent of the profits from all sales on this site are donated to Sound Rivers, a non-profit organization dedicated to defending the quality of rivers on the Carolina coastal plain.



The seamed, gray trunk of a water tupelo highlighted by a shaft of sunlight on Merchants Millpond, NC.

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