On a walking track in the Tarra-Bulga National Park in March 2009 I came across this fern frond unfurling while being watched & supported by the background of ferns.

The Tarra-Bulga National Park is in the Gippsland of Victoria, south of Traralgon, Australia.

Artist’s Universe, Feb 2012.
Amateur Photgraphers Association, Feb 2012.
Sticks & Stones, Feb 2012.
The Group, May 2012.
Ferns & Mosses Around The World, Oct 2012.

Challenge Win
Australia’s Trails & Tracks, The Letters U & Y on the track, Aug 2014.

Photographed with a Canon 400D.

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australia, ferns, gippsland, rainforests, tarra bulga, victoria

Country born & bred but now located in Sydney, Australia.

I’m fascinated by the beauty of nature & in particular Australian native flowers & landscapes. I also love colour & anything unusual.
The Blue Mountains are my favourite spot at the moment.

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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 5 years ago

    Beautiful macro,

  • Thank you very much Ann. I love to see the creative powers of nature.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Auntymazza
    Auntymazzaover 5 years ago

    Beautiful michael, your week must nearly be up

  • Thanks Marian. Yes, just one more day of sleeping in.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Pamela Inverarity
    Pamela Inverarityover 5 years ago

    Great shot, beautfully composed.

  • Thank you Pamela.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanover 5 years ago


  • Thanks Bev. I love how the background frames it.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleover 5 years ago

    You certainly got the DOF right here Michael – excellent detail with the complimentary soft b/ground. Stunning.

  • Thank you very much Rosalie. I must confess that it took me a few attempts to get the lighting right & I tried a few different compositions. As soon as I saw this I knew it would be a great shot.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleover 5 years ago

    I think an extra dimension to this is all the wonderful curves in the detailed foreground, against the lines of the leaves – one of those serendipitous shots!

  • Yes .. definitely. A day after this the scene would be very different. I saw it as curves in harmony & was amazed by how these leaves have a blueprint in the same way a seed knows it will become a tree.

    – Michael Matthews

  • handprintz
    handprintzover 5 years ago

    Great job with the dof and lighting, lovely detail and capture

  • Thanks a lot Trudi .. glad you like it.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago


  • Thank you Scott.

    – Michael Matthews

  • jeffrae
    jeffraeover 5 years ago

    Did you know that there is a species of fern in the state of Maine in the US that is edible and a spring time ritual/treat. Each spring I am on the lookout for them to hit the food stores here in NY…my husband loves them and grew up with them in Maine…they call them fiddleheads. Not all are edible…some are carcenogeic in fact. Great macro!

  • Thanks Jeffrae. I think I’d stick with beans & peas in case I picked the wrong ones !

    – Michael Matthews

  • SofaKingWeird
    SofaKingWeirdover 5 years ago

    Great shot, I love ferns.

  • Thanks Troy. Me too, especially the way they fold out like slow motion ballet .. very slow motion.

    – Michael Matthews

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