Oak tree limbs provide a wonderful growing medium for small fern. The fern is an epiphyte, or air plant which means it attaches itself to other plants and gets its nutrients from the air and from water that collect on the outer surface of the bark. It is often found in the company of other epiphytic plants such as Spanish Moss, so prevalent in Florida.
The resurrection fern gets its name because it can survive long periods of drought by curling up its fronds and appearing desiccated, grey-brown and dead. However, when just a little water is present, the fern will uncurl and reopen, appearing to “resurrect” and restoring itself to a vivid green color within about 24 hours. It has been estimated that these plants could go 100 years without water and still revive after a single soaking.
Taken by Marks using the Mamiya 645 Pro, using a 150 mm Mamiya Sekor 1:3.5 lens using Ilford HP5 @ 200 developed in our darkroom in D76 1:1. Scanned from the silver gelatin print.