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Monday, 16 October 2017

Fern Hills

These are not power walks. On hikes through the Bonshaw Hills this month, my husband and I look up and stop often to take photos. However, the undergrowth deserves notice as well, particularly the ferns.


Sometimes, they are lush and green in spite of the date on the calendar.





In other areas, the yellow ferns are striking against the background of fallen leaves.





White ferns are rarer but they stand out on the forest floor.




Ferns which are finished teasing us with their colour, turn rusty in the end.





And if we are really lucky, we find a stand of ferns in various stages of autumn glory.





But once in a while, we have to just stop and catch our breath.





34 comments:

DJan said...

Just beautiful! We have so many ferns here, that I tend to take them for granted. Your pictures are stunning! I'll be taking a fresh look at ours on our next hike. Thanks for the great pictures. :-)

Angela said...

It looks like a delightful place to take walks Marie! These ferns are so beautiful, I bet they would look fantastic in a vase. Thank you for sharing the beauty of nature you have around your place. Have a great week!

Anvilcloud said...

Bracken can be so interesting.

Silver Willow said...

I have a love/hate relationship with ferns. Don't get me wrong; I don't hate/hate them, but....I love to look at them. But because of my mold allergy, I can't be around them much; I can't even own an indoors Boston fern. But they are SO pretty!

Rhodesia said...

There are masses of ferns in the woods here and yes they are at a similar stage to yours. Gorgeous photos. Have a good day Diane

bill burke said...

A nice walk and nice photos. I like ferns and you're right they can look different at different times. I love when the light hits them just right. They are pretty and have nice patterns. Thanks for sharing your walk, I enjoyed it.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Ferns, glorious ferns!

Elephant's Child said...

Power walkers miss a LOT. I really, really enjoy meandering with you. Thank you.

Shammickite said...

I love ferns when I'm walking on the forest trails. However..... I mistakenly planted just one fern in my small garden and it sent out numerous underground tendrils and started taking over the whole garden and choking the other plants. So it was bye bye fern. I'll just enjoy them in the wild.

Down by the sea said...

Those autumn colours are so eye catching especially the fern coloured yellow. Sarah x

Marie Smith said...

Ferns this timeof year are spectacular, Jan

Marie Smith said...

I never think to bring some home, Angela. Maybe next time.

Marie Smith said...

Indeed they can, AC.

Marie Smith said...

I hadn't thought of ferns in terms of allergies, SW.

Marie Smith said...

Thank you, Diane.

Marie Smith said...

Glad you visited with us, Bill.

Marie Smith said...

Indeed, Debra.

Marie Smith said...

Glad you came along, EC.

Marie Smith said...

Maybe that's best, Shammi. It's hard to have just one of them.

Marie Smith said...

I love the yellows too, Sarah.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh la! That last image is a stunner Marie, I can see it as the inspiration for a painting!

Debbie said...

everyone, prettier than the one before!!! we are still waiting for our color!!!

Linda deV said...

I've just taken a lovely walk thanks to you Marie. Beautiful.

Marie Smith said...

It is a beautiful walk, Linda. Glad you came along.

Marie Smith said...

Our peak colour is quickly passing, Debbie.

Marie Smith said...

It was a beautiful spot, PDP.

Catarina said...

How gorgeous is this season in PEI!
Magnificent pictures. Breathtaking!

Ratty said...

That looks like such a beautiful place. I miss forests like that. I remember learning to identify certain ferns because there were so many in places I visited like this.

Marie Smith said...

It is beautiful throughout the maritimes, Catarina.

Marie Smith said...

I know some names of ferns but not many, Ratty. I would miss forests too.

Jenn said...

Pretty! I have always liked ferns, they seems almost prehistoric for some reason.

Anonymous said...

We enjoy a variety of ferns in the woods around our home. You have captured the beauty so well.

Marie Smith said...

I so agree, Jenn. They are sort of primitive somehow.

Marie Smith said...

Thank you, Mildred!