Fern Spores

October 22, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge

West of Delray Beach, Florida

May, 2012

The cypress swamp in Loxahatchee has a narrow, raised wooden walkway that’s rambles in an irregular circle among the dense trees. But walking through the cypress swamp is a strange experience. The trees are hung with long clumps of moss and their boles wrapped in thick vines. The canopy of thick leaves and moss makes the swamp a gloomy place even on sunny days. Rising in thick growths along the walkway are the beautiful fronds of very large ferns. This time of the year they are ribbed with spores. I took advantage of a narrow part of the walkway that received direct sunlight to take some close up pictures of these ferns and their spores.

 


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