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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Grassy Waters
by K Joshi
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Fern growing on tree trunk at Grassy Waters Preserve, West Palm Beach, FL.
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Submitted: Friday, 25th January, 2013 17:12 (GMT)
Taken: Friday, 25th January, 2013
Focal length: 50 mm
Shutter speed: 1/25 sec
Aperture: F6.3
ISO: 100
Notes: Minor processing in ACR and Cropping in CS5.
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