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Fern Frond Opening

Fern Frond Opening
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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/6.3, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): New Zealand ferns, Janice's FerNZ [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-04 0:51
Viewed: 4891
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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 isn’t right they show up too dark and too soft.

I hope you all like this one!

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Hello Janice,
Great fine detail. Its a nice sharp image and the lighting is just right.Good shot.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-04 2:58]

Hello Janice,
It's wonderful,crisp clear and razorsharp image.I liked POV,blurred BG,3D effect,framing and composition also a lot.Have a great weekend,
Kia Ora!

Hi Janice,
a nice picture of the beautiful fern. The shape and texture is lovely. Good POV, DOG and details too. Pity about the white in the BG, it's a bit disturbing.
Very well done, my friend.

Todats weather report. +-0C, a light snowfall, it will be sunny in the afternoon.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-11-04 5:31]

Hello JAnice,
I love the peculiar shape of fern fronds opening! Excellent composition and fabulous brown colours against the light greeen background.
TFS, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-11-04 5:48]

Hello Janice,
I love tree-ferns. I've seen them in Australia and some were very impressive but at the most had a trunk diameter of about 30 cm. That this species can attain a trunk diameter of 60 cm is amazing.
I can understand the difficulty of achieving a sharp shot here, but this one comes pretty close, the whole looking like a bishop's crozier. Yes, I do like this one.
TFS, best wishes, Ivan

Veri nice headtree. Good DOF and compo.

Hello Janice,
I know this plant, and I likes when sheets curl up like that, and here the pose is pleasant.
Thank you,

Bonjour Janice
C'est plaisant de regarder une autre belle prise de vue avec ce beau macro de cette fougère après se dérouler.. Une belle composition éclatante de couleurs.

Bravo et merci....JP

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-11-04 12:48]

Hello Janice!

My favourite subject! Perfectly taken and very interesting. I love spiral/fractal shape of this fern. Sharp and detailed, very hard to capture as you wrote. This time no nits - just perfect work.

Well done Janice.
Very good detail seen in the frond...all the way down to it's hairs :) I understand the problems you face with these and sharpness, since the ferns are generally found where it's shaded light? I always ask...did you use tripod? At 1/60th, I can only assume so :)
Have a nice weekend mf.

Oh yes, I like it Janice! This is a very nice and interesting picture! I like those details, POV and most of all (beside this wonderful picture) your so interesting notes about it. This is a really unusual picture for me and it reminds me a bit of the shape of those "violins heads" (I don't know if it's the right English appellation) we have here and which are sometimes marinated and eaten :). This is a very good moment caught. Well done!

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-05 7:55]

Hello Janice,
great close up, your main subject shows off very well form the OOF BG. Great POV, superp colors and details.

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