This image was taken by Dave Jordan FRPS. I thought as we are now well and truly into winter it might be good to remember the previous season. Autumn last year was a mild period with plenty of warm days as the season cooled down. Ferns have been around since prehistoric times with very little change. Early fossilised remains date Ferns as far back as 350 million years in the late Devonian period, but many of the current families and species did not appear until roughly 145 million years ago in the early Cretaceous, after flowering plants came to dominate many environments. The fern Osmunda claytoniana is a paramount example of evolutionary stasis; paleontological evidence indicates it has remained unchanged, even at the level of fossilized nuclei and chromosomes, for at least 180 million years.
As you watch out for new growth in the coming months it’s always fascinating how these plants unroll themselves with the sunlight. You can almost imaging the nursery tales surrounding these plants being believable. I really like the simplicity and colours of this image and the square format is perfect to frame it.
We are still looking for members to our new Facebook Group, Norfolk Photography Group this will be open to anyone who has an interest in photography. There is no limitation of region, type of photography, ability of make of camera. The group will be open to comments , suggestions and constructive critique of images posted. We hope that this will be somewhere that members can post without feeling intimidated and provide a comfortable environment for all. Why not join us and add your views and images.
You can find this image and all previous images at our Photo Gallery. I need some more of your images please send them to me for inclusion in this regular post. If you can add a short description with the image all the better. Regards, Nick