Out of Season

Granted it’s not the only type of fern to remain green in winter, but it just looks so pathetic sometimes that it’s irresistible.

I found it while exploring some ruins in the Townes forest in New Boston, NH.  We’ve had so little snow that I noticed swathes of evergreen fern all over the foundation.  They all drooped over so artfully, like waterfalls, that I began hunting some to photograph.  This one had the best light and was nicely isolated by a large indentation in the stone foundation of the barn that used to stand here.  The comparative darkness of the rocky cave made for a great backdrop for the fern in the soft morning sun.  I especially love how the curled leaves form a repeating pattern and how the exploded spores stand out against them.  Ah nature, thou art so cool.

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3 responses

  1. Pat

    Nice capture!

    February 7, 2012 at 10:32 am

  2. I love how the leaves curled into themselves.

    February 7, 2012 at 7:24 pm

  3. Kris, you have a great eye for finding these little gems.

    February 8, 2012 at 5:42 am

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