Friday, July 10, 2009

Panther Creek

Another place I visited while exploring the south in June was a cove along Panther Creek in northeastern Georgia. We went there last summer as well and it's an incredible place. After crossing the creek, which is knee-high at this point, and taking a short walk through the woods, we arrived at this particular, very rich cove, where the ferns are large and abundant. The dominant species along the stream bed that runs down the floor of the ravine are Diplazium pycnocarpon (Glade Fern), pictured above, and Dryopteris celsa (Log Fern), the first two photos below. Both achieve impressive stature here. Other species to be found include Deparia acrostichoides (Silvery spleenwort), Adiantum pedatum (Maidenhair Fern) (bottom picture), and a species of Cystopteris

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