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Pictures for Pam, Day 64: Fern Tips

Pictures for Pam, Day 64: Fern Tips
(+4 insets!)

Steve and I have had the chance to stay at Nathalie and Brian's home in San Anselmo on several occasions but this visit was the first time I'd brought my camera. I was really excited because I knew what was in store for me. It seems like anywhere inside or out, there are super cool things to take pictures of.

One of the first places I attacked was Nathalie's amazing patio. She's got all sorts of potted plants and bushes and on the walls are moss and lichen. It's a bit dizzying to decide where to start but I made a beeline for her tree fern, what I call a "dinosaur fern", and these plants are among my very favorite.

Because of the low light I was using my macro flash and as I clicked away, I became aware that Nathalie and Steve were talking in the kitchen just a few feet from me inside. Nathalie was wondering what the odd flash of light was, and then Steve noticed. I couldn't help grinning to myself as Steve realized it was my flash and explained to Nathalie. "Ohhhh!!!" I heard her say, as Steve went on to tell her how versatile our flash is. (By the way, if you are looking for a similar flash at a fraction of the price, I'd recommend this one!) She stepped out to see what I was doing and found me literally crawling around under the fronds of her fern. I giggled and told her that I am often splayed on the ground in very strange positions when I'm taking pictures, and have been asked on a number of occasions if I was ok and not, perhaps, dead! :D

The biggest problem that I had with this fern was that the unfurling balls of leaves that I love to photograph are quite dark and indistinct and so they aren't as dramatic as others I've photographed in the past. However I think I managed to get some nice pictures and I've included four insets in addition to my main image. I played with some textures on a couple of them because I thought the bland background could use a bit of dressing up. I will definitely try some different ideas the next time I get the chance to take more pictures of Nathalie's awesome tree fern!

Pam, I was surprised that you have no fern pictures in your photo stream! I'm going to guess that they don't grow on your property? I thought we didn’t have any on our property but one day I just about fell over when I discovered one by a seasonal stream. Another time I found one on our hillside. They aren't big but they are still super cool! I hope you have had a nice day…you are always in my thoughts!

Explored on 1/11/19, highest placement, #5.

ColRam, Marco Zerbini, AD AD, ROL/Photo and 37 other people have particularly liked this photo

36 comments - The latest ones
 Pam J
Pam J club


SMall update here. www.ipernity.com/blog/pamj/4716650?t=94436&c=1&s=edit
21 months ago.
WOW! Perfectly captured.
Love the DOF.....superb bokeh.
Perfect work.
Love your work dear friend.
Have a great weekend.
21 months ago.
neira-Dan club
magnifique série !!
21 months ago.
Chrissy club
Ich liebe Farn, finde es aber sehr schwierig ihn zu fotografieren. Dir ist es wunderbar gelungen!,
21 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Lovely fern shot! I have bush ferns growing in our yard. N.Z. is full of ferns. The National netball team is named the Silver Ferns.
21 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
WOW, very artistic camera work on these pretty fern tips, Janet !! Ultra beautiful !!! Happy week-end !!!
21 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
21 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
Une belle série NATURE comme tu sais si bien faire Janet et pas facile à saisir ces fougères, il y en a aussi beaucoup en Sologne *************
Je te souhaite un beau WE avec plein de soleil.
21 months ago.
Pisti club
What wonderful pictures you post every day for Pam! A great series, I will continue to visit your photostream. Greetings from Pisti (Germany)
21 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
What a lovely series of images Janet.
I especially like the three PiP's with the details. Ever made such a picture in New Zealand.
21 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
Love this shot and the PiPs! Have a great weekend! Like Pam, I miss English ferns. We get some here in central Spain but they need a more humid atmosphere to flourish well, I think!
21 months ago.
 Adriana Grecu
Adriana Grecu
21 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
This green and the composition ! Super, Janet !
21 months ago.
 Thorsten (T.S-B.)
Thorsten (T.S-B.) club
A great photo series. The PiPs are wonderful.
21 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Beautiful series!

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21 months ago.
Gudrun club
Your fern photos are all gorgeous! I love ferns, we get a few varieties in Germany but nothing compares to New Zealand ferns. The Maori call the unfurling leaves "koru" , they are the symbol for rebirth, new beginning.
21 months ago.
Janet Brien club has replied to Gudrun club
Oh how cool is that?! Koru! TY for that bit of info! :)
21 months ago.
Zulma club
Like eyelashes!! So cool my dear Janet. Have a great weekend and with better weather than ours...stormy times for us.
21 months ago.
Ruth club
This is wonderful Janet, superb focus and DoF. Excellent shot of these pretty ferns.
21 months ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
I like the first 3 pints, it looks like a little hairy animal :o)) I caught a cold and I'm not too inspired to write, it will come back... Have a nice day, Janet, **hugss**
21 months ago.
Janet Brien club has replied to Betty【ツ】 club
HAIRY ANIMAL!!! :D :D ROFLMAO, you're RIGHT!!! *high five*
21 months ago.
Betty【ツ】 club has replied to Janet Brien club
I answered you under my picture!
21 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Très jolie photo nature avec notes. Nicole.
21 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Now that I've stopped laughing at the image I have in my head of you crawling round the floor of someone's patio I can say that these images are just splendiferous Janet..!! In the main image you've done a splendid job of making the tips of the ferns stand out from a very similar background, yet still kept the essential details. Great work! I also love the PiPs of the unfurling leaves............they are really fascinating, and so fantastically sharp and detailed where they should be.

I don't want to hi-jack your thread, but I'm always amazed by the similar subjects we like, so if you have time you may want to look at these:
21 months ago.
cammino club
Stunning macros, beautiful series!
21 months ago.
niraK68 club
traumhaft, schönes feines grün
21 months ago.
Betty【ツ】 club
I answered you under my picture! again ;o)))

21 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
21 months ago.
sea-herdorf club
Farn galt bei den alten Germanen als Zauberpflanze, Janet.
Sie kannten nicht ihr Geheimnis.
Sie wußten nicht wie sie sich vermehrte.
Sehr schöner Schärfenverlauf.
Freundliche Grüße und ein schönes Wochenende
21 months ago. Edited 21 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Ferns are amazing plants and you have captured these perfectly Janet, They are very prolific in the wild but great to photograph never the less.
21 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
21 months ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
bien vu et superbement rendu janet !!
21 months ago.
Jean club
Beautifully done.
21 months ago.
RHH club
Love the ferns in spring when the fronds are just uncurling. If we can't find anything else to photograph on a spring hike there is always those. Appreciate too the information on the flash. I have a ring flash but have to get back to using it again.
21 months ago. Edited 21 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Brilliant photos here Janet - I've actually got a couple of ferns growing on my kitchen window sill at the moment, it hitched a lift with some compost I got for my hyacinth!!!! I have many ferns here in my garden - it must be the climate we have here.
21 months ago.
ROL/Photo club
Magnifique aussi on croirait des vagues...
21 months ago.

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