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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Fabulous unFolding Ferns!

We went for a ride in the woods about a month and a half ago
and
it had just rained earlier in the day.

Everything was this intense, neon green color.

I felt like it was a tropical rain forest in the north.

But what really hit my eye
were
these brilliant, artistic
unfolding ferns.....

I just fell in love with them.

So here are some shots of the unfolding ferns....
I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!



Just look at this twisty, convoluted fern
that nature designed to come up through the soil
and unfold
right before our eyes!:
(If only I could pack as well when we go on trips and I am trying to stuff my suitcase!)





I loved how the sun hit these ferns coming up from the forest floor:




The sun hitting the head of this fern reminded me of when
you first light a sparkler on the 4th of July:






A twisty tied curl (along with a bug!):




It's spring....
it had to wear a wooly hat to keep warm
while sprouting:




A bunch of newborn ferns!:

By now, they are full grown, huge ferns.....
but
I like them best when they are newborns......................................................

22 comments:

DJan said...

I've tried to take pictures of ferns, they look a lot like your pictures in my own head, but they never ever look this good! I really enjoyed these, thanks!!!

Linda said...

The shades of green on those baby ferns are incredible. Love the fuzzy one.

lotusleaf said...

Beautiful shots! There is something poetic about the ferns.

rainfield61 said...

and secrets unfold as well.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

How interesting, Joan. I have never noticed ferns when they are in that stage of growth.... Very pretty... I can see why you like them in the infant stage....

Thanks for sharing...
Hugs,
Betsy

Brian Miller said...

these made me think of little babies uncurling after a nap or a long nights sleep...growing into a big stretch...great pics!

Eva Gallant said...

Here in Maine we call those baby ferns fiddleheads. We pick them, boil them with a small piece of salt pork and then eat them with butter and/or vinegar. they are delicious!

Ann said...

What a neat sight. Never knew ferns were like that.

Cathy Clementz said...

A good way to describe them; how you said about a sparkler on the 4th of July! I never realized they had wooly heads!

Linda Reeder said...

Fiddle heads! New growth in spring is so gorgeous.

The Retired One said...

DJan: You are most welcome!

Linda: Yes, the fuzzy one was my favorite too!

Lotus: They are so beautiful on the floor of the forest...regal, almost.

Rainfield: Yes, I think they know many secrets of the forest.

Betsy: Take the time to find them in the spring..they are really neat.

Brian: An EXACTLY perfect description of them...stretching like a baby upon awaking! Love the poet in you, as always.

Eva: They are edible???? Who knew!! Are all newborn ferns edible, or just certain kinds? Because we have more than one kind of fern here.

Ann: So glad I could show them to you!

Cathy: I think they shed that sheath shortly after popping up out of the ground...I only saw that on a few of them, but I thought it was a kodak moment. ha

Linda: I didn't know they were called fiddleheads before, but a few of you have mentioned them that way. I will have to research them more!

Alan Burnett said...

Yes, Baby plants seem to share much of the cuteness of baby animals. I love the way they fall in and out of focus making them look almost alive.

Ratty said...

Very beautiful. Ferns are some of the nicest looking plants. I wish I would encounter more of them.

Beth said...

Such fantastic pictures! The sunlight is perfect and the ferns are adorable!

TechnoBabe said...

You have me looking at the greenery in the back yard so differently now.

Diane AZ said...

Oh yes, the newborn ferns are adorable. Fantastic pictures!

RNSANE said...

I love ferns of all kinds. When I had my first home in Florida, our covered entrance ws fillel with about a dozen different varieties. They were so beautiful. They just thrived on that humid shade.

Your pictures are wonderful.

SquirrelQueen said...

Gorgeous shots, I love to see fern unfurling like this. Love the darkness of your background in these shots.

Biana said...

EXTRAORDIANRY!!!! xxx

The Retired One said...

Alan: Thanks...they are really neat looking when they first pop up through the ground.

Ratty: We have about four different kinds of ferns here....

Beth: Thanks so much.

Technobabe: That is fantastic! I know I look at everything so much different now that I do photography!

Diane: Thanks a lot!

RNSane: We have about 4 kinds here...I am going to incorporate some wild ferns with my hostas in a shade garden this year, I think.

SquirrelQueen: Thanks!! They were all over in the woods, so I was lucky to be able to "pick" where I shot them.

Biana: Ah, shucks!! Thanks! :0}

Far Side of Fifty said...

next winter these will be a feast for our wintery white eyes..I love the ferns...beautiful photos:)

Bossy Betty said...

I am clapping!!!

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