Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

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"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts."                                                                - Aristotle

I think that the above quote from this great philosopher is most appropriate for this post.

Unfortunately, I cannot give you the exact identification of what I am about to feature for Macro Monday.  

In this instance, I feel that I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

 It is covered with light brown hair.


 Some parts of it are coarse.


Sometimes, it can look scary, reminiscent of the movie Scream.


It can also be covered with spikes.


It has a trunk.


It has fronds . . .


. . . which slowly unfurl . . .


. . . until it can enjoy the sun and the breeze.


My tree fern specimen may not be at its prime -- yet.  It was without fronds when I first set my eyes on it and decided to try and nurse it back to health.  In fact, it took so long for the fronds to come out that I had almost given up on the plant.  Now I have 2 fronds and another one beginning to unfurl.


It may not happen next year, or even the year after, but I hope to care for this tree and make it what it once was.  I hope to see it grow more beautiful and eventually have a crown full of fronds.  Then, it will be a majestic example of the Greek philosopher's words.

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