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Old Jan 13, 2012, 6:48 AM   #1
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The first shot is rather serendipitous. We left a frond from a fern in the plate as part of a recent decoration and the following morning the spores from the frond made this pattern and exact replica of the frond.

The second and third shots display some of the characteristics of the indigenous Hawaii tree fern which abounds in our volcanic areas.

This one shows the tighly wound frond just before it emerges eventually as a very large frond over 4-feet long.

and the third gives an idea of the back and front of the fronds from this fern.

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Old Jan 13, 2012, 8:38 AM   #2
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Love these shots - I think the local botanical garden has one/some of these and I've always been fascinated by them (there's nothing like them that grows wild around here). The heads always interest me and I often take pictures of them if they are there.

But the one I find most interesting is your fern plate - that's very cool and I'm glad you thought to take the picture, rather than just cleaning up the plate.
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Old Jan 13, 2012, 11:06 AM   #3
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Wow, love #1! Just the idea of how it happened is very cool.

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Related to the frond pictured in #2, there is an edible species of fern on the east coast of Canada, particularly New Brunswick. In the spring the fronds, called "fiddleheads" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiddlehead_fern) can be cooked and eaten.

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Old Jan 13, 2012, 12:49 PM   #5
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All three shots are superb but with the first one you got really lucky in that you didn't disturb the pattern made by the spores even accidently !!!
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Old Jan 14, 2012, 6:02 AM   #6
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mtngal. saly, blunose and wanalick,
Thanks for your comments.
We almost washed it down the drain but as usual the photographer in me said, "Here's an opportunity."

Bluenose, the fiddle head fern also grows abundantly in the wild on the big island and it's a local delicacy. A lot of the older more traditional Japanese families still prepare it.
In times past the Hawaiian Tree Fern especially the youg fronds was eaten by the Hawaiians. The brown fuzz was used in pillows and cushions at one time. But fell into disfavor when it would not retain it's fluffiness.

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