Resurrection Fern – The Living Dead

One thing you do not see in the pine barrens of Long Island in New York  is ferns growing on the trunks of trees.  But here in Florida it is a common sight. And recently, these ferns caught my eye and I decided to photograph them growing on the bark of live oak trees and on the limestone boulders that lay near the shore of Lake Tsala Apopka. These ferns are epiphytes (air plants).  Air plants absorb nutrients and moisture from the air. The fern’s rhizomes (“roots”) grasp tree trunks and boulders.

A week  later, I decided to go back and take more photographs and to my surprise the ferns were withered, dead.  The once vibrant green plant was now gray and desiccated. But this is the resurrection fern, a species that survives drought by shriveling and comes to life within hours of a rainfall. I had photographed it right after a heavy rainfall and returned during a dry period with temperatures soared in the 80’s and low humidity. It is kind of like me when I worked, tired and drained  and when I returned from vacation I was full of vim and vigor!

2 comments on “Resurrection Fern – The Living Dead

  1. These pictures are beautiful, great angles. I love that you can see the little details of the threes and ferns.
    You came up with a great methahor, coming from vacation is always so refreshing!

    This is my blog in case you want to check out my pictures and follow back. Have a great weekend!


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