Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #146: Focusing on the Details

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

I want to take you along with me to a 10x10m area along this trail. Maybe it doesn’t seem to have much of interest…looks rather empty except for the trees, doesn’t it… But, let’s start looking for details – and this time I know what I am looking for.

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.

What we are looking for in this forest is the fiddlehead fern or ostrich fern, 100–170 cm (39–67 in) tall and 20–35 cm (7.9–13.8 in) broad, long-tapering to the base but short-tapering to the tip, so that they resemble ostrich plumes. They would have been very difficult to find if last year’s leaves hadn’t been sticking up like brown feathers.

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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  1. 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!

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  5. 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:

    Great Blue Heron and Photographer Don’t Let Their Broken Legs Get Them Down (Quirky Artist Stories Nbr 18)

    Best, Babsje

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  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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<

  13. 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!!

    • 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.

  14. Very true, details matter and here you have a few very interesting ones.

    With the first image I really want to follow that path.

  15. 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!


  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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…

    • 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.

  20. 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!

  21. 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

    • 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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