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NZ's Ferns

NZ's Ferns
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-24
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/25 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand ferns, Janice's FerNZ, New Zealand Native Fauna and Flora (2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-25 0:39
Viewed: 5954
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One of the many FERNS of New Zealand

One of the things I like about New Zealand is its lush greenery and the many native bush and forests that can often be seen throughout the country.

I love walking in the bush and looking at the ferns in their many different stages of growth. I can find so much beauty even in the ferns as they start to die off.

Ferns are ancient. They have neither flowers nor seeds. Their beauty comes from form and not colour. We know that ferns bear spores on the backs of their leaves; but originally it was a long time before this was realised.

Spores are produced on all leaves or only some. They are tiny and dust-like; the number of spores from one frond amounting to millions. The air where ferns grow is full of spores that are capable of surviving for very long periods before germinating. The dark brown and sometimes red, spore-bearing fronds of many ferns create an interesting contrast with the other green leaves.

Ferns are typically found in moist forested areas although some hardy species can be found in coastal, urban, and even in desert locations. They vary in form and size. Some aquatic ferns have fronds less then 25 mm, where as tree ferns can grow to 10 meters in height, with fronds as long as 3 meters. With many smaller plants the stem is underground, and the fronds being the only visible parts.

New Zealand has around 164 different fern species many of which are widespread.

BTW - this is NOT NZ's Silver Fern

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To azleader: FerNZJanice 1 01-26 12:19
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Hi Janice,
What a nice web of leafs. Nice! TFS. Grretings from Izmir,

Hi Janice,
Very godo the close approach!
I like the texture and graphic aspect of the image that you present us.
It can be well appreciated the form and progression of every single leaf, like a pattern.
Found so interesting and instructive your info about N. Zealand and its ferns.
Congratulations and thanks for the post.
Best regards,

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-01-25 8:17]
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Hi Janice

Still at it, shooting away at your favourite subject "ferNZ", and as usual you have the perfect feel and well developed touch to get the best out of your subject. This fern is just beautifully captured and presented.

The mosaic of tiny leaves is stunning and very pleasing on the eye and the specific POF created some very interesting angles and lines. Lovely colours and splendid details make this a pleasure to take a look at.

Well done and TFS MF.
Kia Ora

PS1. Nearly Super 14 time again, but I think I'm in for a rough ride this year with all the daily power cuts we're experiencing countrywide. The sad news is that there is no light at the end of the tunnel either. Anyway, are you and Dave ready for it pencils sharpened and bets placed? Btw, please be so kind and send me the web page for the picks again. I seem to have wiped mine.

PS2. Keep your eyes peeled for a sneak preview of a theme on "Janice's FERNZ".

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-01-25 10:22]
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Hi Janice,

Lovely patterns in this one of the ... ferns,well composed picture,on my walk in the forest today I saw only the remainings of summer,brown,wet and flattened ferns,anyway not so long to go before the start to relive again here,thanks


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-01-26 4:04]
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Hello Janice,
This is a beautifully composed pattern of fern fronds with fine sharpness, colours and lighting.
Ferns are great but it's a pity that nearly all are inedible!
Thanks for sharing this one,

A fine abstract composition capturing a fern's beauty and detail. Framing is exceptional.
Through your photography I have come to appreciated the many links between New Zealand and the Pacific Northwest of the USA.

Ferns are one of the most common flora found in the temperate rain forests of the Pacific Northwest. They are everywhere. Being so common you'd thing I'd have better photographs to show of them, but I don't. Sometimes it is easy to miss the forest for the trees. I will have to photograph some Oregon ferns just for you. But until then the only ones I've got are ancillary to other photographs:

Beside the North Fork of the Santiam River

Lower South Falls on Silver Creek

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-01-27 1:25]

Hello Janice,
I expect your ferns in NZ are similar to those in Australia if not the same. I was most impressed by the enormous size of them in Australia. This is a beautiful close-up showing the details of the leaves. Well composed too.
TFS and have a good day! Ulla

Hi Janice..My New Zealand fern girl :)
And having 164 different species has given you plenty of ammunition..
Interesting patterns & details in your closeup comp, nice color.
Well done!

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-01-29 13:31]

Hi Janice. Good to see a close up of NZ ferns. When a tramper at NPBHS in Taranaki, we spent days pushing through ferns on Mt Egmont. Now not seeing these so often it indicates what a special and pleasant soft plant they can be. Good clarity and most interesting notes. TFS. Murray.

I simply love patterns. This particular image reminds me so much of my home in Mendocino on the Northern Coast of California..If you have heard of it, then perhaps you know..but if not I suggest you look it up...it is a garden of eden discovered by many...

wonderful work with patterns gets a A plus from me....very nice image and so well composed..You really put your heart into your posts!

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