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What on earth is this? St. John hath told me what to do:<br />
To search and find the ferns that grow<br />
The fern seed that the faeries know;<br />
Then sprinkle fern seed in my shoe,<br />
And haunt the steps of you, my dear,<br />
And haunt the steps of you.<br />
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Have you ever zoomed into a fern seed? Wow, when full grown, ripe to discover the world below, they actually look like a bunch of worms, crying for freedom. Did you know? Canon  EF12mm II,Geotagged,Old World Royal Fern,Osmunda regalis,The Netherlands,fern,macro,ripe,seed,soligor 12mm,soligor 20mm,soligor 36mm Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

What on earth is this?

St. John hath told me what to do:
To search and find the ferns that grow
The fern seed that the faeries know;
Then sprinkle fern seed in my shoe,
And haunt the steps of you, my dear,
And haunt the steps of you.

Have you ever zoomed into a fern seed? Wow, when full grown, ripe to discover the world below, they actually look like a bunch of worms, crying for freedom. Did you know?

    comments (5)

  1. (A poem by Henry IV, a long long time ago)
    Posted 6 years ago
  2. Not a great shot, but quite informative, under poor light cconditions. Just look at those seeds. Posted 6 years ago
    1. I actually do think it's a great shot, it made me curious, quite intruiging and a wonderful specie introduction. Posted 6 years ago
      1. It does trigger the mind, it surprised me too, glad you like it and explained why! Posted 6 years ago
  3. Hi Ludo, your photo made me curious too. As a consequence, I learnt a few new words. So the answer to your question is - this is part of a fertile pinna bearing sporangia clustered into sori :) Posted 6 years ago

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''Osmunda regalis'', the Old World Royal fern, is a species of ''Osmunda'', native to Europe, Africa, and Asia, growing in woodland bogs and on the banks of streams. The species is sometimes known as flowering fern due to the appearance of its fertile fronds.

Similar species: Polypodiales
Species identified by Ludo Sak
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Uploaded Dec 18, 2012. Captured Dec 2, 2012 22:02 in Voorstehoutdijk 1, 6031 LN Nederweert, The Netherlands.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/8.0
  • 30s
  • ISO100
  • 50mm