Said simply, these are ferns, one of over 12,000 species of this plant that adds loveliness throughout the world.
As told by the Maori peoples of New Zealand, their story is one of healing and new beginnings, of peace, tranquility and spirituality.
In ancient African symbology, they bring rain, luck, and prosperity. Through their unfolding, they speak of new life, of transformation, of hope for the future.
If portrayed by the wee folk who are said to live in the shade of their feathery fronds, ferns are a forest, a sheltering home, a place of coolness, softness and grace, probably even magic.
To tell their story rightly, they are a legendary species of a most enchanting sweet spot.
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Ferns photo by Mary O’Connor © 2013