March 10th, 2011

Morris Arboretum part 3, the Fernery

It’s springtime in the Fernery at the Morris Arboretum. I ducked into the Fernery to escape the bright sunlight before I finished my witch hazel tour.

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Normally, I’d take the greenhouse/indoor photos first, but I was really there for the witch hazel. It’s hard to go from cold and dry to humid and warm, and I needed to walk around for awhile to let my camera acclimate. After a mix of impatience (remember I had two sweaters and my wool coat with me) and inspiration, I started to take foggy photos while my camera body warmed up.

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Lots of people came in and out while I was taking my photos. It’s too bad they passed by so quickly; they completely missed out on all the new growth. Diane and Cheryl were working in the greenhouse, and they showed me all kinds of hidden worlds. Then I went off and wandered on my own. When I stood up from taking this shot, I heard one of them say, “You’re smiling! I love when people make their own discoveries in here!”

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This rabbit’s foot fern is one of my favorites. It looks like something out of Pan’s Labyrinth, or The Muppet Show. I was waiting for some part of the plant to open its eyes, sigh, and lumber away from my incessant picture taking. I was also wishing I was about a foot taller so I could get closer to the plant. This one is growing over the top of a little passageway that houses a Buddha statue and many plants.

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Warm air, gliding koi, Buddha, what’s not to love about this Fernery? I think I’m lucky there were no benches, or I would’ve been tempted to take a long winter’s nap.

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The bear paw fern

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Normally I don’t care for direct sun and harsh shadow in a photo, but I really loved the dark black shadows with the fresh green leaves. And who can resist the beauty of backlighting? There are a lot of red ferns making an appearance. I learned that like the tree outside my office window, all the red parts of these ferns are new growth. Everything is uncurling and unfolding and waking up. I guess I went to the arboretum so I could start to wake up, too.05ferns

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Comments

    Christa, your ferns are wonderful. Enjoyed looking at them.

    Beautiful shots! The Arboretum looks like it is ready for spring!

    ~M~

    Unbelievable!! Great work!

    Absolutely beautiful, C!!

    Love, love, love these shots!!!

    Hi everyone–thanks so much for looking!

    I am particulary fond of the baby fiddle head fern picture.

    Isn’t my cousin talented. Great Job. See you soon.

    Really lovely shots! I love the shot of the red fern uncurling –makes me ready for spring! Absolutely beautiful photos with such stunning greens!

    Great photo’s as always. Take care

    Just beautiful photos!! It was so nice meeting you in the Fernery during your recent visit and sharing with you our special areas. It was Cheryl Clair that you first met in the Fernery, not Shelley. Cheryl and I love the Fernery at this time of year best and being able to share this love with our visitors is always a bonus. We hope you’ll be able to visit again soon…

    Thanks everyone! Dianne, it was great meeting you and Cheryl too. I corrected my entry so I have Cheryl in here too, sorry about that mixup! I’ll have to come back to meet Shelley and keep visiting to see how the fernery changes throughout the season. Hope to see you all soon, Christa

    Your photos are truly amazing! Thanks for sharing them. I was out in the garden today and spring is really showing…every day brings new changes. It’s so exciting to watch. You’ll just have to come back!

    Wow!! Your photos are amazing!! I didn’t know that ferns could be this beautiful! Come to Florida and take some photos!!! Miss you!

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