I have always been partial to ferns because they seem so primordial. They’ve been growing on Earth for 250 million years or so. As a child I was very interested in fossils, and once was taken to a strip mine in Indiana where rocks were found that could be struck on the edge with a hammer and they would split open revealing a fern leaf inside. It was magical.
Now living in the Interior of BC, I have access to lots of areas where ferns grow. I love these darkish lush patches of ferns. In the spring I am always fascinated by the way fern leaves develop. The stems emerge all curled up in a ball and slowly unwind to become the familiar frond we all recognize as a fern leaf.
I spotted this “fiddlehead” yesterday.
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