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Maidenhair Ferns 2889

Because of the ample rain this spring, some of the maidenhair ferns in Great Hills Park have been thriving. It was April 13th when I saw this group of Adiantum capillus-veneris* on a steep embankment of the main creek that flows through the park.

The dark curve making its way across the lower part of the picture marks the water line, so the little patches of green below the line are reflections on the water’s surface of some of the fern leaves above.


* The Latin species name capillus-veneris means ‘hair of Venus’ (think capillary).

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 24, 2015 at 5:35 AM

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  1. wow


    May 24, 2015 at 5:40 AM

  2. Could almost be an NZ scene. You have more rain at the moment and flash flood warnings, I believe.


    May 24, 2015 at 5:43 AM

    • Texas seems to have changed its name to New Rainland. As I type this, a light rain is coming down.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 24, 2015 at 7:53 AM

  3. There’s rain, and then there’s rain. The Blanco River crested early this morning at just under 43 feet, setting a record, closing I-35 and wiping out the Fischer Store Road bridge in Wimberly. At least these beautiful ferns ought to be happy with the rain. Despite their delicate appearance, they’re pretty stout, and seem able to survive flooding.


    May 24, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    • I hadn’t heard of the flooding in central Texas till you mentioned it. I looked online and found that about 40% of low-water crossings in the Austin area are closed, including the expected ones along Spicewood Springs Rd. a few miles from where I live. I looked up the Fischer Store Rd. Bridge and found it’s about 5 miles west of Wimberley. I don’t know that I’ve ever driven along that road and over that bridge, but a couple of hours ago I was telling someone about my visit to Jacob’s Well in Wimberley last fall, and how while there I learned to say bon voyage in Dutch.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 24, 2015 at 10:59 AM

  4. Verily very verdant


    May 24, 2015 at 8:48 AM

  5. Maidenhair Ferns always remind me of my childhood home. My mother had a lot of these ferns on the shadow side of the house. They added some colour in the shade.

    Raewyn's Photos

    May 24, 2015 at 3:02 PM

    • I didn’t know you have ferns like these in New Zealand, but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, given that you have more rain there than we do here in Texas (though recently we’ve been rivaling you).

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 25, 2015 at 9:27 AM

      • I saw that on the news. Keep dry

        Raewyn's Photos

        May 25, 2015 at 2:52 PM

        • It’s pouring here now and there have been new closings of low-water crossings. In addition, three funnel clouds have been sighted, so there have been continuing tornado warnings for the area.

          Steve Schwartzman

          May 25, 2015 at 3:32 PM

  6. So green. I just heard about flooding in your area and wondered how you all were faring? I hope you, Linda and Yvonne all live on raised land.

    Steve Gingold

    May 24, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    • I was out of town for three days, and in fact it was a comment from Linda that made me aware of the flooding in parts of central and northern Texas. I then looked online and found the usual closings of low-water crossings in Austin, but no mention of flood damage around here. You’ve heard me mention Great Hills Park many times, and the creeks that flow through it have occasionally flooded from heavy rain, but our house is half a mile uphill from the nearest entrance to the park, so no flood (short of one on the scale of Noah’s) could affect our home.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 25, 2015 at 9:32 AM

      • Glad to hear that. Although we live in a lower lying area, the closest major body of water, the Connecticut River, is several miles away and the same flood as you mention would be required…or at least several days of rain.

        Steve Gingold

        May 25, 2015 at 10:44 AM

        • It’s been raining steadily here for the last few hours, with continuing thunder, so there are more flash flood warnings tody. There have also been tornado warnings for parts of the Austin are because three funnel clouds have been observed so far.

          Steve Schwartzman

          May 25, 2015 at 3:30 PM

  7. Could have been taken in North Wales too! I love the colours and the textures in the image.


    May 28, 2015 at 4:23 AM

  8. […] One highlight of my foray into Great Hills Park on February 16th was icicles, which our normally mild winters seldom produce. The ones shown here formed on a bank of the park’s main creek in an area called Potter’s Place, which is named after geologist Eric Potter, who carried out many projects in the park. It’s hard to believe how different this stretch of the creek looks in a rainy spring. […]

  9. That is quite a contrast!


    February 21, 2021 at 6:42 AM

    • It sure is a huge contrast with this week’s icicles. I like it both ways, but I doubt I’ll ever get to see a richly icicled view again.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 21, 2021 at 7:14 AM

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