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The young new leaves of the tree fern (Cyatheales) grow like spirals before they unfurl. The sunlight put them in the right light ;-).

While many ferns are able to achieve a widespread distribution because of their spore reproduction, tree fern species tend to be very local. This makes their species much more susceptible to the effects of local deforestation. It is not known why species are not more widespread, especially considering that they have sufficient height to have a greater chance of getting spore into the wind stream.
Where feral pigs are a problem, such as in some Hawaiian rainforests, they will knock over tree ferns to root out the starchy pith, killing the plant (Wikipedia).

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  4. destinatio (very busy) 18 months ago | reply

    Brilliant in Fokus und Bildaufbau - der Blick wird förmlich in das Foto hineingesogen. =)

  5. Turbo666 16 months ago | reply

    amazingly focused macro - did you use a macro light?

  6. STEHOUWER AND RECIO 14 months ago | reply

    Beautiful macro capture, perspective and light!

  7. JoeCow 10 months ago | reply

    Such a cool shot!

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    Great light!

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    Una splendida immagine con una luce fantastica e dei bellissimi ricami

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