The Thursday Picture – Ferntastic!

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Today’s picture is from my second hike of this year, at Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

I see these ferns all over the place in the mountains when I hike…I think this one is a western wood fern (please correct me if I’m wrong). They look like a feathery carpet below the tall Douglas Fir and Redwood trees. If you look long enough, you can usually find a critter somewhere below their feathery leaves.

Have a “ferntastic” day!

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill!

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2 thoughts on “The Thursday Picture – Ferntastic!

  1. Hard to make a completely accurate id from just a photo, but it’s probably a California Polypody Fern. We’d need to check the underside of the leaves to know for sure.

    Take a look at http://www.inaturalist.org It’s a crowd sourced site that is a good resource for information. It is not as comprehensive as some, but you can join and add your observations. Let me know what you think.

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