Description This fast-growing tree fern (Cyathea cooper) is native to Australia and has naturalized in Hawaii to the point it is considered invasive. The Hawaiian tree fern (haouu pulu-Cibotium glaucum), although similar in appearance, grows much slower and is being overtaken by this new-comer.The trunk of the tree fern is actually an extension of the rhizome or fleshy stem of the plant and is coated with stiff hair-like fibers. Orchids love to attach themselves to these stems and ferns logs are often sold in nurseries as orchid habitat.
Joe Vittek, Captain Cook, Hawaii Member Since July 2007 Artist Statement My mother was a painter, my brother is an artist in stained glass. I dabbled in both before discovering the magic of digital imaging. My interest in photography started when I was a child and matured through high school. But then college, job, career and family left no money or time for a personal darkroom, so I pursued other interests for more than 30 years. Then, before my first trip to Hawaii, I purchased a digital camera to record our family adventure and I was hooked. I never could draw but, with the camera and computer, I could create the pictures that had eluded me before.
I begin each work with one or more digital photographs and then I blend, filter and tone until the picture that I want emerges.
My mother succeeded in capturing the realism of the photograph with her brushes. I attempt to capture the feeling of the brushes with my photographs.
I hope you enjoy seeing these images as much as I enjoy producing them.