This week, Patti invites us to join in for LAPC #146, Focusing on the Details. We can include photos of details from one subject (a person, a place, an object) or many subjects.
The beauty of life is in small details, not in big events – Jim Jarmusch
The first details I see are these late blooming twigs…and I notice that the trunks reflecting in the water, show the sandy waves at the bottom of the creek instead of the patterns on the trunks.
They are giving me the fern look…- I am being watched. They know I will soon be coming for them, because these ferns are edible, and absolutely delicious. It’s the only edible fern in Sweden. Here, in this wet area, they grow abundantly and in a couple of weeks, they will cover the whole forest floor below the trees. They should be picked when new and fresh, like the tallest ones in my images. Boil and eat, maybe with some delicious meat…soon!
Details are important, always.
A special thanks to Priscilla of Scillagrace for her fabulous Getting to Know You! challenge last week. As always, your posts were varied, surprising, delightful, and inspiring. On Saturday, May 8, Amy will host LAPC #147, so be sure to visit her beautiful and thoughtful site for more inspiration.
Until then, have a wonderful creative week and please stay safe.
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Loved your post, A-C! I love the way you took a non-descript, typical patch of forest and found the details. I used to do a similar exercise in some of my nature hikes as a ranger in Denali. We eat ferns here, too, but you have to get them while they’re young and scrub off the brown sheathing. I always thought they tasted like green beans. I will look for the artichoke overtones next time!
Ah – but I think I agree about green beans, Dianne. And they have to be young and the scrubbing is the same.
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Hi Leya. So sorry I am tardy updating my post from last week to include your correct link for this challenge. I’m not up-to-speed with the new changes to WordPress yet. That said, I love your selections of “details,” especially the fiddlehead ferns! And your commentary saying that “They are giving me the fern look…- I am being watched” is so charming. Thank you for taking me on a walk in your forest. (I am still recovering from a broken heel and ankle and so that is my first forest walk of the year.)
Here is my offering for this challenge:
♥ Wishing you a nice foot/heel/ankle recovery, Babsje!
Thanks so much Leya! 😊 ❤
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Cool fern photos!
And tasty – thank you!
Lovely photos! The shot of the late blooming twig is amazing, and the edible ferns are so delicate-looking, but I guess tasty too 🙂 Thank you for sharing your walk!
My pleasure, Marie!
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Fantastiskt fina närbilder på naturens små detaljer, snyggt med så mycket grönska och den övre bilden är helt underbar! Människans litenhet mot naturens kraftfulla omfång.
Tack, Anita! Jag gillar att se hur små vi är, vi människor.
Thank you for taking us along on this beautiful walk Ann-Christine, those ferns look amazing! 💚
Thank you for coming along! I wish you could taste some of them as well!
Some ferns can be eaten? That is a detail I never learned before reading this post. By your pictures, it looks like a very nice area to enjoy the outdoors.
They can, and it is. This weekend I will return to pick some fiddles for me!
Beautiful images, Leya 👏 Love the glimpses of the stream bed in the tree trunk shadows 😃
Thank you, Jez, yes, I loved that stream bed too. So special. I will return this weekend to pick some fiddles.
Beautiful photos Ann-Christine. I haven’t eaten ferns, though I’m told that edible species do grow quite abundantly here too.
I would guess they are, Su. You have got everything needed and fresh as well in your country!
How lucky to have the fiddlehead greens available in the wild. Sometimes we can find them to buy in the greengrocers here but it is a short season. They are delicious and your photos of them are beautiful.
You have them in the greengrocers? Here we never have them for buying – only in nature for anyone to pick! And short season it is. I can pick them for maybe two weeks, and then i have to be careful not to take more than one or two from each plant. They must live!
I have not seen any this year. They are pretty rare to be available for buying. I agree that they need to be picked very conservatively.
Leya, I about broke my eyes looking for the ostrich ferns in those brown remnants. Then you zoomed in on them. What a cool post! I love the sandy ripples in the water. It is like one of those figure ground pictures they show in psychology classes where you see one thing then your eye jumps to the other picture and back and forth. But you have to see both pictures first. So cool! This is an amazing post.
So pleased you liked it, Marsha! I was inspired by what we do in our biology group, checking off squares in the area noting down everything in them. ♥
That is an experiment I used to do with my fourth graders. They have to write down everything they saw in their square. It was so much fun. Are you taking a class, or this is an interest group? It sounds like so much fun.
This is an interest group only. And the guide is super. He is the one who breeds the big owls I have posted on before. To return them to our forests. He also makes Bonsai’s out of ordinary Swedish trees.
Wow, that sounds amazing. We used to have the kids collect owl pellets to take apart and try to reassemble the bones and discover what the owl had eaten. – using tweezers and tooth picks. I don’t remember them using gloves which makes me shudder to think about. The kids loved it.
I can see why they loved it, Marsha! Why did not we get to try that in school???
Different era. We read text books, LOL
Great photos A-C, mega and macro. Excellent. (Love the ‘big’ forest shot.)
Thank you, John! So pleased you liked them.
Your closeups of the details of your woods are stunning. I hope you were able to take a few of those fiddleheads home to eat!
Glad you liked them – but in a couple of days I will go there again. A bit too few today.
Gorgeous details you have captured, Ann Christine. Very amazing 🙂
Oh Ann Christine, your post is all about the details. I love your walk into the woods. Beauty and life all around 😀
Glad you enjoyed it, Cee!
Such beautiful details. The ferns are wonderful subjects.
Thank you, yes they are.
I would never have thought about the edibility of those fiddle head ferns if you hadn’t mentioned it. In the southwestern deserts of the U.S., there is a similar plant that has that characteristic curve at the top. It’s known as the desert fiddleneck. I don’t think it’s edible, but I haven’t tried. >grin<
I enjoyed our walk together, A-C! Your powers of observation are marvelous. I was especially drawn to your images of the fiddle heads. I have never tried them, but I saw them on a restaurant menu here last week. How do you know when they’re ready to pick and eat? Do they taste peppery? That’s what I’d guess!! Thanks for the visual treats this week!!
Great Post, Ann-Christine, The story draws me right in and the details on the ferns are superb..
The curls of the ferns are so inspiring.
I love to look at them when I’m out in the woods.
Oh yes. It just shows how rewarding even a familiar walk can be.
Great series, Ann-Christine. It seems your land is still rather sleepy in its green and grey. I love that photo of the creek bed.
Mmm, rather sleepy still – but it has been raining for some days now, and the weather forecast says 20 degrees next week instead of our 7-8 now. Everything will explode and the world will be lush and green all over. I hope. I love that creek bed too, sometimes I see crabs and fish swimming by. It’s a lovely, peaceful place.
Hope you are OK these days. I am struggling.
I am sending you a hug, Ann Christine. I am okay at the moment but worried for my blogging friends of course. It has been a difficult year for you. There is no getting over that quickly. When I felt low, i took my blanket and coffee to a quiet spot in the trees and just lied on it. It was all I could manage and it was enough. Is there somewhere you could escape to like that?
Hugs back to you – you are so kind, thank you for being out there, Tracy! I escape into the forest. And into my glasshouse…tending to my plants. But sometimes that is not totally enough. I overheard the latest report on the status of our planet – and I don’t want to listen. I try to avoid every piece of negativity. I’ve had enough. Looking forward to next week when they say summer temperatures will rule.
Stay safe and pat your lovely dogs from me, Totti and Milo ♥
Thank you, Ann-Christine.
Your stream perhaps? Your summer house?
Beautiful photos Ann-Christine. The bright green ferns are my favorites.
Glad you enjoyed them, Susan! They taste just as good as they look!
Very true, details matter and here you have a few very interesting ones.
With the first image I really want to follow that path.
Ana, so happy you came along with me! and paths are sometimes irresistible…
Beautiful captures Ann Christine…amazing what you can see when you take the time to look a little closer 🙂
Isn’t it? Nature’s wonders!
Beautiful photos as always, Leya! I would certainly try eating the fern! I will try almost anything (almost 😊). I like to try new foods.
Happy to hear! And who dosen’t like artichoke, asparagus and green beans in one single plant?
Oh my gosh, yes! How fascinating!
I would have just been happy with the first shot of the path through the trees, but the details made it even better. I especially like the first two shots on the left. I’ve heard that you can eat fiddleheads but have no idea how they taste. Enjoy them!
Janet, I think you would like the taste! Artichoke, asparagus and green beans?
I like all of those, so I guess I would like the taste.😁
I first ate fiddlehead fern in Maine. Since then I found edible fern in many places. Lovely photos. I specially like the first set, including that fabulous photo of the bottom of the pool through the shadows of trees.
Glad you liked the post. And that you have tasted fiddleheads! I read somewhere they are common in that part of America. You mentioned the bottom of the pool photo – I love that one too. It was a surprising detail.
Wonderful macros of the fiddlehead ferns A-C. I enjoyed reading the comments about eating them. So much of the natural world is edible it’s just knowing what and when to pick. I am with Jo, what do they taste like?
True, I have a book about that, and SO many edible things around us. This delicious fiddle head has a delicate taste of artichoke, asparagus and green beans. I eat them cooked and then some butter and garlic. And the beauty on your plate! Matteuccia struthiopteris. Other ferns are often poisonous.
Butter and garlic sound like what I would do. YUM 🙂 🙂
Wow, this is a surprise! 😮 Never in my life I heard of such a thing, edible ferns! Is this an old Viking habit? 😉 I love your eye for detail and beauty and they have an eye out for you! 😀
Manja – I believe it is an Asian habit! But yes, we are all connected somehow, aren’t we? Oh, artichoke, green beans and asparagus – all in one little fiddle head. And the beauty on your plate!
Have seen fiddlehead ferns many many time Ann-Christine but have NEVER heard that they are edible – and delicious???? I’m not sure I”m convinced! but they are indeed beautiful and make for a wonderful photographic subject – as you’ve easily proven. Beautiful details!
Thank you, Tina! This species is the only edible one around here – and if you are not sure it is Matteuccia struthiopteris, you should not eat it… The taste? Artichoke, asparagus and green beans – so DELICIOUS. I eat them with butter and garlic…
Great post Ann Christine! It’s amazing what you can find when you look for the details.
Thank you – yes it is. The fascination is when you see something of totally no interest…and with a closer look find a new world in the details.
What great details you’ve captured! I’m fascinated by the shot of the tree band and nails as well as those gorgeous ferns. I’ve had fiddlehead ferns from Maine, but once may have been enough! Your pictures this week are an inspiration!
Thank you, Rusha! Well, to me they were a positive surprise. Tastes artichoke with some butter and garlic. Glad to be inspiring!
Eating ferns. I learned something new. Thanks for introducing me to this.
I only learned this some years ago. And it is the only edible species here. Tastes of artichoke, asparagus and green beans.
I have never eaten a fern, but they look very green and healthy…and so beautifully violin-like! These photos are exquisite!
Thank you, Priscilla! If you love artichokes, green beans and asparagus – here’s a matching taste! Crowned with beauty as well.
Ooh, I do! I’m sure I’d like them.
Your fern photos are a delight Ann-Christine. So clear. I never knew that these were edible ferns. Apparently you need to cook them, not eat them raw. I have seen Ostrich ferns in gardens here, now I am tempted to grow one.
Matteuccia struthiopteris. I was a bit uncertain at first, because other ferns might be poisonous. But now I love them and recognize them easily. Taste of artichoke, green beans and asparagus – so – delicious! And beautiful. What is there more to ask for;-D
Sounds rather delish. I guess you harvest them young?
As the longest ones in my photos. And I take only one or two out of every plant. I don’t want to destroy them. Do you have a moist garden? They grow in a wet place.
I do have a lot of ferns so they should grow well. I’ll look out for one.
I would never have thought of eating ferns. I can imagine them looking decorative on the plate.
Oh, they are! I first had them in China or something, don’t remember. Many years later I discovered we had them in Sweden as well. Matteuccia struthiopteris is the name. Very important to know which one to pick as other ferns can be poisonous. They taste like artichokes mainly. Asparagus as well.
I will be looking at the ones I see on my walks differently now, although I wouldn’t have the courage to try them especially as the odds would be against me.
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So how do they taste, Ann-Christine? I’m not exactly tempted 🙂 🙂
Well, you should be tempted if you like artichokes, green beans and asparagus – that is what they taste like!. They are considered a delicacy. I eat them with butter and some garlic…