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My First Alpine Fern

My First Alpine Fern
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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: 2008-04-27
Categories: Bushveld, Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/20 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand ferns, Janice's FerNZ, New Zealand Native Fauna and Flora (2) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-03 0:27
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Points: 20
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My First Alpine Fern

This is a new fern for me – I have NEVER seen it before.

I found it half way up the Ohakune Mountain Road to the Turoa Ski Field on Mt Ruapehu. It was growing on the side of the road under stunted and gnarled red and silver beech and mountain cedar trees.

And I think it is Sticherus cunninghamii (formerly known as Gleichenia cunninghamii)
This is also known as "Umbrella Fern.
The Maori name is Rarauheriki, Tapuwae kotuku, Waekura

There are approximately 142 species, subspecies, varieties, forms, and cultivars in this genus

Umbrella Fern is a very distinctive New Zealand fern found in wetter lowland areas of the South Island and Stewart Island and at higher altitudes in the North Island. And that’s where I found it – on side of Mt Ruapehu in the North Island.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-03 1:42]

This fern is also new to me Janice,
Well seen caught and composed.
Thanks for posting!

Crisp and clear leaves..there is one I ran into in Florida which would curl as soon as I touched it...then it would come back to regular shape such as this in a few minutes. Are you familiar with that one????? Fine imagery of your area...well seen!

What an interesting looking fern. I'm happy for you that you found a new one for your fern collection. I always think of you when I see ferns! I love the alpine environment where everything seems so much smaller, well done.

A lovely shot of this fern, Janice.
The OOF BG and the dry leaves therein, are very interesting.Very well done.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-04 6:37]

Hello Janice, Nice shot and you have composed this very well. Good info TFS Ganesh

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-05-04 22:50]

Hello, Janice.
So nice to see you. : )
I see you have not lost any of your enthusiasm for your beloved ferns.
This is a great shot. Well-lit, with sharp details of all those fronds.
They make an interesting pattern and you made a beautiful composition.
Hope all is well with you. TFS> : )

Hi Janice!

You have captured your first firn in a very beautiful manner. The sharpness shows a lot of details, and you did a great work with the lighting. I also like the contrast with the dead firn in the background.

P.S. I would like to thank you for your kind and encouraging words concerning my "cloudy" posting.

Kind regards


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-07 1:17]

A beautiful fern, Janice!
I like the growth pattern of this Umbrella fern, and this capture shows an almost identical growth structure in the ferns next to the one central to the composition. We don't have anything like this type of growth structure i Europe, though I have seen branched ferns of this type in SE Asia.
A great post and thanks for sharing it!
Regards, Ivan

Hi Janice,
You've filled the frame well, a nice composition. Easy to see where it got the common name "umbrella", by its structure.
The detail, DOF, color, and exposure look great!
Well done,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-10 7:33]

Hello Janice,
I can understand your excitement when finding this beautiful Umbrella fern. You managed to get a very fine sharp capture in good light.
Very nice!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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