I came across this fern, set off by itself, and it caught my attention

In many ways I’m a hopeless generalist. One of the things I don’t know much about are ferns, but I find them interesting. Identifying them can be a little daunting.

I came across this fern down in the swamp below my house, a little off my regular walking trail. It was in shady, moist – though not wet – woods, somewhat uphill of the wetter areas. Rocky but not dry soil.

I’m thinking it’s either one of the spleenworts or a polypody. Maybe someday I’ll be able to figure it out. I have a copy of Cobb’s Field Guide to the Ferns which contains excellent illustrations and explanations. But even with that at my side, I’m still uncertain.

Anyway, I just thought I’d share it.

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