Phyllitis scolopendrium by Karl Blossfeldt

This photograph titled “Phyllitis scolopendrium,” also known as “Hart’s tongue,” was taken by Karl Blossfeldt. The image showcases two fronds of the Hart’s tongue fern with a striking resemblance to scrolled pieces of ancient parchment. Both fronds are captured in a side view, and they exhibit an almost sculptural quality, with the ruffled edges of the leaves tightly coiled at the top. The texture and patterns on the surface are pronounced and detailed, set against a plain background that accentuates the organic forms. Blossfeldt is known for his close-up images of plants where he reveals the intricate details and structures that often go unnoticed, turning botanical subjects into captivating works of art.

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