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Saturday, 28 November 2009 01:05

Here is a comment on a photo that is used in other places on this site.

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How about a nice picture:

I took this photo of Platycerium andinum, the Crown of the Angeles, in December of 1995, on a group

field trip to Tarapoto, San Martin, Peru with Lee Moore. It was taken with a 300 mm lens with my

Exakta VX single-lens-reflex 35mm camera, on Kodachrome slide film. Three of us, Lee Moore, our guide,

Eulogio Galvez, and had walked for an hour to get to the only true forest our guide knew of in the Tarapoto

area where the giant fern could still be found. As we went through the forest, we found the center was

being cleared and burned. My attitude turned sour. Lee Moore pointed out that I could use the burned

open space to shoot across and get a good photo of a large Platycerium andinum on the other side.

It was one of those "perfect pictures" I would have missed if someone else had not pointed it out.


On the way back to the U. S. A., Lee Moore and I named the forest the "Donut Hole Forest" because

of the hole in the center. We vowed to try to save it. In March of 1996 I returned to Peru with Lee Moore

and his wife. They had business to do, because they important plants and sell them. I was left in Tarapoto

while they tended to their work. I had  paid to have over 1,000 color post cards made of this photo, and

gave then away in that area of Peru, to mayors, travel agents, hotels, a street newstand, ... anyone who would listen.


I want back to the Donut Hole Fores. alone, to find more clearing had been done. I left a few of the

post cards in a post of a gate, in a plastic bag, hoping someone important would find them. Eventually,

the Donut Hole Forest was cleared, because it was on private land. I will post more on this effort on my



The photo shows that the new base fronds, the back green ones, not the long hanging ones, develop in

December. All the plants in the ring are growing them at the same time. The long fertile fronds that hang

down are produced all year round. They contain the spores that drift away and can germinate into new

plants on other trees. The big brown spore patches show very well in this photo.  The fertile fronds fall

off when they get old. The tree is a Quinilla tree. The fern is most often found on this species of tree.

The big brown fronds forming the "Crown" at the top are dead base fronds from the year before.

It is normal for them to die and be replaced.


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