Tree Ferns

Soft tree fern

Dicksonia antarctica

Despite Canberra’s dry climate, its botanical gardens host an impressive Tasmanian rainforest where a bridge crosses a gully filled with soft tree ferns. I jammed my little point-and-shoot camera against the railing and took a photo of surprising clarity. A conversion to monochrome highlighted the fractal magic of these plants.

Australian National Botanical Gardens, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Canon SX 540, 24–1400mm (full frame equivalent) at 24mm, 1/40, f/8, ISO 400

by Raoul Slater