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Bracken Fern

Bracken 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: 2005-12-12
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 300D
Exposure: f/11, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): New Zealand native fauna & flora, New Zealand ferns, Janice's FerNZ [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-12-19 4:09
Viewed: 6317
Points: 20
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Bracken Fern
Pteridium esculentum
Rarauhe, rahurahu, aruhe / fernroot / Bracken fern family (Dennstaedtiaceae)

Is this what you call “Not good DOF”? This is Bracken growing at Lucas Creek where I was walking with Sweety last week. We were swapping lens and I have one of her lens for this shot.

I actually quite like this photo showing the bracken with the other NZ Native plants growing in the BG. You can see the tall KANUKA (TEA TREE) up high with their small white flowers growing. There are even some PHORMIUM TENAX - NEW ZEALAND FLAX OR HARAKEKE with their red flowers growing on their tall stems, lower right.

Bracken is a native plant of many temperate areas in the southern hemisphere, especially New Zealand. The species which occurs here is Pteridium esculentum. Other, very closely related species of bracken occur throughout the world.

Bracken is a large fern, sometimes growing over three feet tall. Instead of the usual leaves, ferns have fronds, made up of smaller leaflets (groups of mini-leaves) with small pinnae (tiny mini-leaves) on them.

Bracken fronds are shaped like triangles. Each frond usually has three leaflets.

Bracken grow in large colonies in fields, brushy areas, and woods. They have thick root-like stems, called rhizomes, underground. Rhizomes can grow six feet long, and many fronds may grow from one rhizome. Each rhizome also has tiny, hair-like, black roots on it.

Each winter, Bracken's fronds die with the frost and fall to the ground. New fronds will grow the following spring.

www.fcps.k12.va.us/StratfordLandingES/ Ecology/mpages/bracken_fern.htm

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Hi Janice!
I love your ferns! In our forest ferns are small and I'm always impressed of your photos.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-12-19 4:16]

Hello Janice!
Very nice capture.I liked limited DOF you managed a lot.Framing,POV,lighting,details and your note are perfect as always.TFS...:-)

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-12-19 6:04]

Very nice capture Janice,
Lovely detail and colours,nice composition.
Nice work,very well done.

The land of the Hobit. Nice looking pic. Does it rain alot at this particular spot?

Hi Janice,
The fern education continues. It amazes me how many varities there are. The limited DOF works well to force the eyes to look at the fern. Some very lush looking plant life in this scene.

I like it Janice,
Good detail and colours. Great POV and sharpness.
Nicely composed and good exposure.
Thanks for posting. Have a good week.
Have a very merry Christmas and Happy new year.

Hello Janice,
I like the wild aspects of New Zealand.
You did a great job and I never recognized a fern like this before. TFS. Thomas

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-12-20 4:50]
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Hi Janice!

This kind of fern [or similiar one] is also well known from Polish forests. I like POV with main subject on FG and dense jungle on BG. Nice details and very interesting note!

I like the DOF here very much Janice. I think if the whole was clear and sharp the fern wouldn't stand out as much. Very nicely framed and composed, well done.

Nice habitat picture, I like the structure of the fern shown and the nice contrast in different green tones. Suggest to move closer to the fern to make it a bit more dramatic. Also like the clearly differentiated shades of green and the red bush in the BG strategically placed, which avoids it being a indistinguishable greenery-on-greenery type shot, in addition to the use of DOF.

Very good shot of this Bracken fern with good detail Janice. I think in this case the extra DOF works to show the other native flora well & does not detract. Well done & Merry Christmas!

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