Aid to Meditation: Tree Fern Fronds

Dicksonia antarctica Labill. dicksoniaceae fronds

Dicksonia antarctica fronds form patterns

Close up of tree fern Dicksonia antarctica

Tree fern frond patterns

After the floral hurly burly of the Southport flower show pictures, a calmer moment with nature: close ups of a tree fern (Dicksonia antarctica Labill.) taken with my iPhone at the Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam. I don’t know about you, but I need little more than neat green fronds to put my mind into flow.

As I was cropping these pictures, I could feel the soothing quality of the plant’s patterns and was drawn into contemplating the nice balance of freedom and restraint (rigidity and curl). The finger-like fronds of the tree fern echo, overlap and, rarely, rebel;  there’s a turn and turnabout feel and a reaching out as if the parts of the plant are sensitive and cooperating.

Spending time with this large, lush plant was like meeting an interesting stranger I’ll remember with fondness.

Shared as part of Cee’s FOTD

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