Saturday, June 2, 2012

The World has Turned Green!

Over the last 3 weeks the world has turned totally green, a rich bright spring green. More computer hassles have left me unable to post things for awhile, but hopefully I'm back to normal now, with lots to share. Ferns in spring are one of my favourites, especially when the leaves are just uncurling - all ferns uncurl as fiddleheads like these when they first emerge.

These are the leaves of a northern holly fern just unfolding as fiddleheads, found along the limestone rocks of the Niagara Escarpment.

The maidenhair fern, a beautiful delicate fern found in the deep deciduous woods, with an unusual fan-shaped leaf that doesn't really look like a fern at all.

Finally, a single frond of an ostrich fern after it has uncurled; note the leaflets getting smaller all the way to the bottom of the stem. This is the only species that is actually ok to eat as fiddleheads.

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