March 30, 2016

Male Fern (Dryopteris filix-mas)

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Male Fern (Dryopteris filix-mas)
The fronds fade during the winter time and leave behind a flaky root-stock, which grows bigger every year and turns black at the center, whereas new fern fronds sprout at the periphery. I like to think, as the years pass, the root begins to look like the scaly back of a dragon hiding beneath the earth, whereas the fronds form the dragon’s wings.

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