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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: 2006-11-02
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand ferns, Janice's FerNZ, New Zealand Native Fauna and Flora (2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-10 1:45
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Points: 15
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Kuripaka / Wheki-Ponga (Maori)
Jade Green Tree Fern, Golden Tree Fern
Dicksonia fibrosa opening

I like ferns very much, and I am very blessed to live within a 20km radius of many native bush areas. The closest one is within 50 feet from my home along the cliff next to the beach.

This attractive symmetrical looking tree fern, Wheki-Ponga , is a favourite of mine. I love the crinkly sound the fronds make as you touch them, and they always seems to be a pretty green too. The hardiness of this tree fern makes it a slow grower but it forms a very large trunk up to 60 cm in diameter

Fern "leaves" are referred to as fronds.

In the spring, fern fronds emerge from the trunk of the Tree Ferns in a special way.
They first begin to emerge and uncurl, and look like a snail's shell, and at this stage they are called croziers.

The process of croziers uncurling and expanding to form fronds is really fascinating to watch.
Usually it takes several weeks for the expansion of a crozier into a frond to be completed.

On tree ferns such as this one, the fronds are held at the top of the plant in a spreading manner.
They form by uncurling from the crown in the centre, which is at the top of the trunk.
The frond bases, where they join the top of the trunk, are called stipes.

The crown might be considered the most important part of the plant, since that is where all the leaf growth comes from. If it is destroyed, no more croziers will emerge from it, and the rest of the plant will eventually die.

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

I have often found it hard to photograph a frond sharply, so I was quite pleased with this one. They have so many hairs on them, and if the light isnít right they show up too dark and too soft.

I hope you all like this one!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-10 3:00]

Hello Janice,
It is indeed fascinating to see how the fronds unfold. This looks just like a bishop's crozier! Very beautiful shape in lovely colours and well captured against the soft background.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

Hi Janice,
I am just marking, I'll be back soon :)
Best greetings,

Very good composition, but noise is visible.

Hello Janice
Superb shot of this intersting Fern,
Great focusing,BG and composition,Welldone my friend.


Nicely composed. Good color, composition and good use of a soft focused supportive background to highlight your mai subject.

Faraway friends find fibrosa's fern fronds fabulous! :)

Hello Janice,
You've composed this very well mf, I like it.
The bokeh is very nice as well, it makes the shot great..
Lovely light & color, good details :)
Well done!

Hi Janice

Great potrait of this fern frond. It looks like a chameleons tail! Excellent POV and composition and the green and brown looks are so well saturated, without looking unnatural.
Excellent notes.


Hi Janice from the land of ferns!
We are still waiting for this event with brand new ferns showing up! But spring is slowly coming, after a mild and very rainy winter. Wonderful photo!
Cheers Monica

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