Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | November 29, 2010

Magic Ferns

Life these days is so simple that it just doesn’t take much to amaze us anymore.

Our “magic ferns” are a perfect example.

There is a huge oak tree outside the kitchen window. We see it every day as we sit and eat our meals.

It always had these sad-looking dried plants hanging on its bark, along with an occasional leaf that had gotten tangled in the mess.

It looked like this:

Everyday Oak Tree Trunk

Then, last Friday night, it rained for a good long time. The sandy soil drank down the water in hungry gulps, and apparently so did the trees, because Saturday morning when we sat down to breakfast, here is what we saw:

Tree Trunk after the Rain - Magic Ferns!

The sad dried plants had blossomed into vibrant green ferns to adorn the tree trunk – at least for a few days – with their beauty.

I am guessing that these “magic ferns” will repeat the process of moving from dormancy to life as the north central Florida weather changes over the coming weeks and months.

We’ll keep you posted.

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