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NZ's Silver Fern

NZ's Silver 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: 2006-05-20
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 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: 2008-06-26 20:42
Viewed: 6065
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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The Silver Fern is New Zealand’s national symbol. It is widely used in New Zealand to signify New Zealand-ness. The Fern is a symbol of strength, unity and success. It is worn with great pride by the nation's representatives.

This image shows the under-side of the frond of the Silver Fern. On the other side it is all green.
Check out this image – it shows the 2 different coloured sides of the fern E

This fern was one of MANY growing on the property where one of my son’s live. He lives on a couple of acres and over ¾ of it are covered in NZ Native Bush.

The silver fern is the only tree fern with silver undersides to its fronds, making a spectacular sight in the moonlight. When these fronds are laid silver side-up on the forest floor, they make ingenious track makers - a helpful pointer for trampers lost in the bush after dark.

Silver fern fronds were also traditionally preferred by Maori for comfortable mattresses.

So if you’re lost in a NZ bush remember to place these silver fern fronds like arrows asking for help, and also pick a few to sleep on for a comfy sleep while waiting for help to arrive.

Heaven, robindb, red45, Pitoncle, eng55, Argus, eqshannon, JimStahl, elizabeth, haraprasan, Miss_Piggy has marked this note useful
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To eqshannon: Mid-Winter ChristmasJanice 1 06-27 14:41
To red45: Kia ora and thanksJanice 1 06-27 00:02
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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-06-26 21:14]

Hi Janice!

When I look at it, I feel like trying out how it is to use it as a mattress. It's beautiful, and you have presented it with a very artistic and abstract aspect. I like that row of repeated patterns very much and it's a pleasure to read your interesting notes.

Kind regards


Hi Janice,

As a South African your notes are interesting as the emblem itself is well known by us as well as the reputation. We will see what the springbuck does next week.
I like the way you have put the fern on a black background to make it stand out so well.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-06-26 23:44]
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Hello my friend!

My favourite photographer and my favourite plant - both from NZ :-) Very arty composition, I like black BG and diagonal composition. Frame looks very familiar :-)

We've got beautifull weather here in Lodz, but no time to enjoy it :-(

Bonjour Janice,
C'est une publication originale où l'effet graphique est particulièrement réussi par le cadrage serré.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-27 1:53]

Hi Janice,
It's an artistic capture of this fern.Well seen and composed.Lighting,contrast,faming and visual impact are wonderful.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-27 3:28]

Hello Janice,
A fine presentation of the underside of a Silver Fern frond: the thumbnail looks like this is B&W, but I'm glad to see the slight colours of the stem to show that this is the actual colouring. The black BG really sets it off in a fine composition.
TFS this beauty,

How long until the contradictory Xmas in the South? I realize Xmas is same as here date-wise, but I wondered what the date corresponded to down there as in diametrical opposition...and II say that becuase this has a very winter flavor to it art-wise! Fine patterns in organic life format!

Great photo and detail. I like your description too.


What an awesome way to present this fern; so many shots only show the green side. On the black background it is very representative of our national emblem. Good notes too. Nice one.

Hi Janice,
A nice capture of this beautiful fern leaf. Very nice color with black / white accent with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Due to the fact that I have been ill, I just could not give my comments to some of the lovely images that appeared and past me by on the gallery. Now I have such a lot of catching up to do so please pardon me for only saying……………………
Splendid image. It is indeed a feast to the eye and it did not go unnoticed. By the way, did the All Blacks employ you to advertise their emblem? because you are doing a good job of it. - Ha-ha
Best regards

Wow! Great shot. The patterns and diagonal composition look beautiful.

Wauw, well done!!!
Looks very good to me.
It looks like a postcard.

Greetings Agnes in The Netherlands

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