Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

A Fondness for Ferns



I am very taken with ferns, I like the way they start out from the crown, tightly rolled, clenched like a babies fist


then they gradually unfurlIMG_5104















They are squeezing out of the smallest of spaces




I have a book, it was an impulse buy, but a good one, it’s features the photographs of Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932) with reproductions of many of the plates from his book, ‘Art Forms in Nature,’ take a look they are stunning, Blossfeldt was a lecturer of sculpture at Berlins Arts and Crafts school and he seemed to like ferns as much as I do

Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

5 thoughts on “A Fondness for Ferns

  1. Fascinating plants, which make wonderful photographic subjects! xx

  2. Yes, I love ferns too. They look like nothing would deter them from what they are about to do. And with those stumps set so firmly and broadly in the ground it’s no wonder that ferns have been around since pre-history. In my family we call ferns ‘dinosaur food’, because apparently they were.

  3. I use the koru design a lot in my work. I thought you might be interested in this definition of koru I found on the internet.
    The word koru is defined in Williams Dictionary of the Maori Language as an adjective meaning ‘folded, coiled, looped’. As a noun, the word means ‘a bulbed motif or scroll painting’ A popular explanation of the koru is that it represents the unfolding of a tree fern frond, as seen in the uncurling corm with its rolled-up inner leaflets. The koru also resembles a curling wave.

    Symbolically the koru means new beginnings, harmony, growth and life.
    Thanks for the link to Karl Blossfeldt’s photography. I love the way he lines up the subject – a bit like a botanical specimen. Very interesting and the detail is wonderful : – ) Imagine the length of time it would have taken to capture each image with the antiquated camera he would have used! Awesome!
    I hope you’re having a nice Easter break : – )
    Cheery Deanna

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