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Life Unfolding

Life Unfolding
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-13
Categories: Rain Forest
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-19 3:31
Viewed: 4382
Points: 33
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have always been fascinated by the geometry of coiled fern fronds.
They seem to hold so much mystery and so much promise.

What are ferns?

Ferns are a very ancient family of plants: early fern fossils predate the beginning of the Mesozoic era, 360 million years ago. They are older than land animals and far older than the dinosaurs. They were thriving on Earth for two hundred million years before the flowering plants evolved.

As we know them now, most ferns are leafy plants that grow in moist areas under forest canopy. They are "vascular plants" with well-developed internal vein structures that promote the flow of water and nutrients. Unlike the other vascular plants, the flowering plants and conifers, where the adult plant grows immediately from the seed, ferns reproduce from spores and an intermediate plant stage called a gametophyte.

What makes them different from other vascular plants?

There are two answers to this.

The first is that ferns are (relatively) delicate plants that only grow in areas where there are suitably moist conditions. They favour sheltered areas under the forest canopy, along creeks and streams and other sources of permanent moisture. They cannot grow readily in hot dry areas like flowering plants and conifers.

The second explanation ties in with the first: ferns reproduce differently from the conifers and flowering plants. It all has to do with moisture. Not just the moisture that allows the plant to live where it does, but the moisture that allows it to reproduce there.


Young fronds are coiled:

In nearly all ferns, the young leaves are coiled (circinate) and are commonly referred to as "fiddleheads".
This places the delicate growing cells to the inside where they are protected during the long period of time that it takes fronds to form.


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Great macro. Very nice details and colors. Black back ground helps to show plant properly. Greetings. Mustafa

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2007-05-19 3:37]

HI Manyee,
Great shot the black background works well to show off your subject.
I love the ever increasing patterns found in unfurling ferns. You have captured these well.

I'm another fan of coiled ferns! This has good colour, texture and the central composition works well in a square.

Hello Manyee,
This is a mixture of photography and art! Lovely macro showing the art and symmetry of nature! Good composition and colours.
Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hi Manyee,
This is very nice close up. Great pov and composition. Well shown how young leaves develop and grow. The image is sharp and colors are vivid. Very well done and tfs.

Very good image to illustrate the "fractal" way the leaves grow

Se aprecia como la fronde se desenrolla y, a su vez, cada una de sus partes forma otra revolución que se desenrolla igualmente

Well done. Thanks for the inspiration as it always come to my sight during my hike.

Hi Manyee,

Very nice picture and a very informative note. I like what you did with the background. Well done.


Hi Manyee,

it's a nice compositon.
However it's a little disappointing that you appear to have cut it out and placed it on this background, which really detracts from the natural beauty of this.
I think your subject is beautiful and I'm sorry to be negative especially when you have been supportive to me.


AHA! There it is!!! That spiral that they talk about on the Golden Ratio pages! I've been looking for it in various compositions and there it is! GREAT!

Wonderful composition!

Quite a fascinating fiddlehead you got here Maynee. It looks to me here though like you did some sort of black fill paint for the background. A bit more feathering of the edges would have made it look more realistic.
Often times I'll carry a piece of black cloth which I can drape behind my subject so that everything in the BG is already black.

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2007-05-19 14:51]

hi Manyiee, excelent macro of this wonderful jung fern.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-05-19 15:46]

Belle symétrie de la nature et bonne idée que l'avoir photographiée
Bonne journée.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-19 21:05]

Hello Manyee, beautiful "Samambaia" as we call in Brazil, explendid collors and details, great POV..well done..

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-05-19 23:28]

Hello Manyee

A tasty treat too.A beautiful close up of this fiddlehead.The focus and details are sharp.Wonderful colour saturation and excellent use of flash fill.The contrast is well done.Excellent notes.TFS


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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-05-20 19:47]

Manyee, these dark BGs do work great, don't they?

Excellent contrast, composition and saturation.

The image has an artistic touch, and that's great.

Hello Maynee,
I have to agree with you that those plants are so fascinating. I always loved them too. This is an excellent macro with nice details and I like the choice of this black BG that makes it look like a portrait :) Your notes are much interesting. Thanks,

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