Macro Fern On Magnolia tree At Hopeland Gardens In Aiken, SC

Tree Fern

Macro fern growing on Magnolia tree at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken, South Carolina
Tree Fern

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I discovered my Tree Fern composition on the south side of the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum in Hopeland Gardens.  This little fern and the moss behind it was living on one of the big magnolia trees.  I find it fascinating that a tree can have other organisms growing out of and/or subsisting on it.  It’s almost as if the tree is so old and entrenched that Mother Nature starts treating the base like it was part of the surrounding ground by letting other flora invade and take up full time residency.  I liked the richness of the greens.  Aesthetically, I placed the fern in the frame so that the spine would be on a diagonal and the tips of the leaves form an arch above it.  The high level of detail allows dew drops, pollen, surface texture, and individual hairs to be seen.


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Author: Steven Dillon

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