Into The Marsh

You may be wondering what this is a photograph of, huh? Well it looks kind of like very fine green barbed wire, but no. It's not a kind of grass, either. It is does not have any Photoshop jiggery pokery either, this is as I had taken it near the shore of Derwentwater. It was... Continue Reading →

Of Rock And Sea

Spleenwort, mosses and grasses growing out of rock built sea wall, Great Orme, Llandudno, Wales. April 2017.

Holding Beauty

Photograph taken December 2016, local woodland margin, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Sigma 105mm macro lens.

Beautiful Bracken

Photograph of Bracken (Pteridium aquilinum) taken November 2016, local wood, Staffordshire. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D7200, with Nikon 18-55mm lens.

About Ferns And Horsetails

Ferns and horsetails are living fossils in that they are from the earliest forms of plant life on earth. They are vascular plants which prefer moist, shady environments, and reproduce via airborne spores or underground rhizomes. Ferns and horsetails are a monophyletic group, and the closest living relatives to seed bearing plants. Class: Polypodiopsida¬† (Ferns)... Continue Reading →

Broad Buckler Fern

Dryopteris austriaca The fronds of the Broad Buckler Fern are deep green, are ovate-triangular in shape, and are 3-times pinnately divided. The stalks have dark-centred scales. The fronds are broader and longer than the Narrow Buckler Fern (Dryopteris carthusiana). Frond length up to 1m. Spore ripening time July to September. Found in hedgerows, scrub, damp... Continue Reading →

Male Fern

Dryopteris filix-mas This is a large, clump-forming fern of which its fronds remain green throughout the winter months and is semi-evergreen. The fronds are of an upright, slender nature, and bipinnately (2-times) divided. The pinnules have rounded tips and have serrated margins. The stalks have brownish scales. Frond length up to 1.2m. Plant height 1.2m.... Continue Reading →

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