Sunday, April 26, 2009

Cinnamon Fern

These ferns have captured my attention. Since the discovery a week ago, I have visited them nearly every day. Their growth has been incremental up until now and I don't know what to expect in the coming week. The photos here are from early in the week.

Out on a limb, my usual stance these days, I will tentatively offer an identification of Cinnamon Fern, Osmunda cinnamomea--a fern known to enjoy splashing around in the water.

I will try to stay with these, documenting their progress. And if things work out well, I will display the process in a new kind of presentation. More on this soon...

Gretchen and I exchanged comments on Rabbit Wednesday and I promised to include the lovely quote she so kindly sent along.

This will be a collection without order, made up of many sheets which I have copied here, hoping afterwards to arrange them in order, in their proper places according to the subject of what they treat; and I believe that before I am at the end of this I shall have to repeat the same thing several times; and therefore, O reader, blame me not, because the subjects are many, and the memory cannot retain them and say 'this I will not write because I have already written it'.

~ Leonardo da Vinci


  1. Glad you liked the quote! For additional validation on why it's important to keep recording our nature finds, scientists have been scouring Thoreau's meticulously kept journals, noting on what days he saw particular flora over consecutive years. They've charted their findings to use as an aid in the study of global warming and are finding that species are slowly blossoming earlier and earlier!
    Today my own findings included bloodroot and trailing arbutus in full bloom, and red trilliums in leaf/bud. Unfortunately my findings also include blackflies... ugh.
    Tomorrow I will keep my eyes open for cinnamon ferns!

  2. Wow, it sounds like you're quite busy up there, Gretchen. I'm looking forward to the time when I know more about the shrubs and plants that are seemingly all beginning to pop out at once.

    The ferns are slowly unfurling--just a tad so far. I'll be checking them as daily as possible.

    Now if could only figure out how I got all that pine sap stuck in my hair today...