We often teach about forest ecosystems by noting the different layers of a forest, from below the soil, to the soil surface and groundcover, shrub layer, middle layer, and upper canopy.  Each of these different niches is colonized by different species that are particularly well-adapted to their specific layers.

In this case a native fringecup, normally groundcover, is exploiting an opportunity to grow a little above the fray by taking root in the lower truck spaces of a big-leaf maple. She’s reaching a bit closer to the shrub layer and probably able to catch a few more of the sun’s raves from her slightly elevated spot.