On a recent visit to Starved Rock, we enjoyed watching the woods come alive with spring plants. In certain rocky and shady areas, ferns were making a quick comeback to the landscape.
This fiddlehead was around the size of a pencil eraser. Getting close to it, the individual leaflets of the fern frond appear to be tiny fern fronds themselves! Get even closer, and the leaflets have veins in them that mimic a fern frond!