Thursday, July 27, 2006

Platycerium coronarium (Disc Staghorn Fern)

When I was photographing a few of these ferns in Kent Ridge Park, against the sunlight, I thought what lovely lampshades they would make. These ferns were 'planted' by the National Parks Board as embellishments to the bare trunks and on closer observation, I found that some of the younger ones have been secured to the tree with nylon ropes. I imagine hundreds of fireflies inside each 'lampshade' at night and all along the canopy boardwalk, fairies with glittering tiaras and magic wands dance to the rhythm of crickets and cicadas and the melody of the breeze.

1 comment:

budak said...

nowadays they are planting the epiphytes.. i read last time in the 80s the policy was to remove epiphytes from trees as they were thought to harbour mosquitos...