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.

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 Some parts of it are coarse.

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

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It can also be covered with spikes.

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It has a trunk.

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It has fronds . . .

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. . . which slowly unfurl . . .

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

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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.

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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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