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Mountain Cranberry

Wilde Preiselbeere

The mountain cranberry (Vaccinium vitis-idaea, lingonberry, or cowberry) is a delicious little berry that grows wild all over Scandinavia (and other places, I am sure). They are tart in taste, which is considered a plus by their fans. 🙂

I cam across this one during a drizzle, which added the lovely drops. Speaking of lovely: do you adore the quality of the light as much as I do?

Fern Spiral

A fern leaf unrolls itself from a tightly wound spiral towards the light as it grows.

A fresh fern leaf spirals up towards the light.

Fern Spiral

Ferns as a group are quite old – the fossil records date back to the early Carboniferous period, so roughly 360 million years ago, have been found. Isn’t it amazing that organisms are so well adapted that the species survives almost 400 million years and shows no sign of weakness?

Even though this long history is certainly not unique to ferns, I always get the feeling that a dinosaur might peek through the leaves at me when I come across a fern … 😉