I posted a photo of what most folks probably know as a fiddlehead (a newly-developing, spiral fern frond) or a koru (in New Zealand) in my Isolation Antidotes post #3 three days ago and have had some very nice comments in response. In fact, one of my long-standing blog buddies, Mike Powell, posted a fiddlehead photo of his own yesterday and included a link to mine in his post. His blog (https://michaelqpowell.com), by the way, is really worth a good look and is a great source for a wide variety of excellent nature photos.
The winter of 1998 found me on work assignment in Australia and, the day before I was to fly back home again after a six-week adventure, a friend and I paid a visit to the Botanical Gardens in Canberra, the capital. Many would say that the weather did not cooperate, but I strongly disagree. Yes, it rained fairly heavily and mostly steadily, but we were both well prepared for it, and we helped each other in our photography by taking turns with a large umbrella. Actually, I love photographing in the rain, because I greatly prefer the even, soft light and the natural, gentle saturation of the colors to the harshness engendered by bright sunlight. This particular magnificent specimen was at least four inches (10 cm) across. I’ve been planning to add this image to my new series from the start, but it seems appropriate to move it up to the immediate present. I’ve presented it twice before—once in 2012 and once in 2015—but that, of course, was a whole five years ago, and I feel it’s worth dusting off and bringing to light again, so to speak.