I am always fascinated with fern fronds unfurling, and this graceful branch presented such a wealth of frond goodness! The fern caught my eye in the early stages of a local 24-hour digital photo contest I participated in (15-16 September 2012, “Say Cheese Long Beach,” in which this was one of the winning photos). The contest rules specified no manipulation, but I have since done a little noise reduction for maximum image quality here on RedBubble. (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/8, 1/125 sec., ISO 1600, shade, handheld.)

RedBubble Explore – Featured Photography (January 2014)

Featured in RedBubble Explore, 7 Day Popular Art, Design & Photography (September 2012)

Top 10 in “Beat Featured Work in the Group" challenge in BassenThorpe Gallery group (June 2014)

Co-winner of “June Avatar” challenge in Zen Photography group (May 2014)

Top 10 (2nd Place) in “Growing” challenge in Art for Sale group (March 2014)

Winner of “Green Picture” challenge in Gorgeous Flower Cards group (January 2014)

Top 10 in “Prima Challenge #015” in Prima Challenges!! group (December 2013)

Winner of “Spiral in nature” challenge in Challenge Café group (November 2013)

Top 5 (2nd Place) in “All Things Green” challenge in I Shoot Raw group (March 2013)

Co-winner (2-way tie) of “Rhapsody in Green” challenge in Country Gardens Come Grow With Us group (February 2013)

Featured in Superbly Visual (25 August 2014)

Featured in 2 Cards per Day: The Best of Your Best (8 June 2014)

Featured in Art for Sale (15 March 2014)

Featured in BassenThorpe Gallery (5 January 2014)

Featured in International Women’s Photography (29 November 2013)

Featured in Challenge Café (24 November 2013)

Featured in Art in Math (20 September 2012)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...about 2 years ago

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsabout 2 years ago

    This is just beautiful, I adore ferns and like you love the shapes they make. This looks like it has frosted edges.

  • Thanks very much, Karen! You know, these shapes are primeval, as ferns have been on earth for more than 300 million years. I suspect these shapes speak to something in us that we don’t even understand. I like your description of “frosted edges” for the way the backlight brought out the hairs.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful tones and shapes. Great work.

  • Thank you, Joy!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 2 years ago

    These fascinate me as well!!! Such a beautiful capture!

  • Many thanks, Angie, for your wonderful comment and fave!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMabout 2 years ago

    lovely fresh green fronds unfurling :-) Beautiful photo Celeste.

  • Thanks very much, Lisa! I thought these fronds were quite special.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work,

  • Thank you, Ann!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devineabout 2 years ago

    Astonishingly like a piece of embroidery! Beautifully set off by the background.

  • I’m glad you like it, Bette – thank you!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • kristijohnson
    kristijohnsonabout 2 years ago

    The colors and light are so stunning! Wonderful work!!

  • Thank you, Kristi! Great light is such a magnet for us photographers. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertabout 2 years ago

    Most beautiful work Celeste….Love how the light is dancing off the ferns…

  • Thomas, thanks very much for the lovely compliment!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Teresa Pople
    Teresa Popleabout 2 years ago

    I find them fascinating as well . .the detail and delicacy is lovely but the strength contained in those delicate little leaves is amazing. A beautiful study . . .x

  • Thanks so much, Teresa! This one called to me and insisted I climb into the plant bed to capture it. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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