March 26, 2010

Ferns


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photo by Donald Kinney

Well, lets see what I can tell you about ferns...   Oh, probably not very much -- other than I know they are very ancient plant systems, and that they like to grow in shady and moist locations.

The photo above shows the underside of a fern frond with all it's seeds lined up in what I think is a rather artistic pattern.   When I was a little boy growing up in Pacific Grove, California, we had a neighbor who grew ferns for sale starting with seeds he would go out and collect for germination.   He always gave the impression that it was a fairly difficult process.



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photo by Donald Kinney

I think this particular example makes quite a design statement, don't you?   I'm still trying to sort out the actual contents of the statement, but I'm pretty sure that I know the statement ends with an exclamation point!



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photo by Donald Kinney

And you poor city folk -- sometimes I feel SO sorry for you...   But no need to despair in your concrete and glass jungles -- you just might be able to find ferns right there amidst you.   I found this soothing display in the courtyard of one of the Embarcadero Center buildings.   A nice touch, don't you think?


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5 comments:

photowannabe said...

Love the city folk swirls and color design.
Great capture of the underside of the fern frond.

photowannabe said...

Thanks for commenting on my Hubby. Just a week ago Dave fell 5 feet from a ladder onto our cement garage floor. The ladder went one way and he another. He fell on his right side. Thank goodness there were no broken bones or head injury. I thought he had hit his head as he was out for a little bit. Ambulance took him to emergency where he stayed for 5 hours in observation. Conclusion..severely bruised ribs, shoulder and upper back. Poor guy, he is so sore. Getting up and down from a chair, sneezing, coughing, hiccupping are horrendously painful. He's been sleeping in the recliner all week. Pain meds make it almost tollerable. Doc says that it will take a long time to feel back to normal. 68 years old isn't a spring chicken for bouncing back.
Trouble was we were suppose to leave for a mission/humanitarian trip to Mexico yesterday. Needless to say we are dissapointed to be here instead of there.
So...that about wraps up whats been going on here and my going back into the archives for pictures.
Not fun and oh so scary..I saw him fall and thought he was a goner. But...he's not and life does go on. it can only go up from here on out.
Sue

AphotoAday said...

OH MY GOSH, PHOTOWANNABE SUE -- That is absolutely horrible, but thank God he is still alive... Wow... Hope he makes a full and speedy recovery... Wow... Best regards to you both, Don and Kitty

Lew said...

The circular stairs and tile patterns really go well with the ferns. Fantastic shot!

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