Fern Fronds

Challenge #30 in the Life in the Natural World series. Hosted by RuthC.
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In this challenge, show us the beauty of ferns, just-unfurling fronds, a small fern plant or a large tree fern. A fern is a plant in the Pteridophyta family, with stems, leaves, roots and reproduces via spores. It has no seeds or flowers. (NO photos of cycads or palms which are not related to ferns, please.) The ferns (unless grown as a house-plant or in a glasshouse) should be outside in their natural environment, not shot inside under studio lights. Macro and close-up shots welcome. SIZE: 1,600px MAXIMUM ON LONGER SIDE.
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New Frond
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Bright red as it unfurls, the leaf will go deep green in a couple of weeks.
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Submitted: Tuesday, 18th December, 2012 10:17 (GMT)
Taken: Sunday, 29th August, 2010
Focal length: 5.8 mm
Shutter speed: 1/640 sec
Aperture: F2.8
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Notes: Hand-held, backlit by morning sun.
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