ink and claybord drawing of unfurling fern

The Western Sword Fern is one of the most common sights in Pacific Northwest forests. They are at their best in spring, when their fronds unfurl. When they’re still tightly wound, they are called fiddleheads. As you can see, they look like the top, curled carving on a fiddle or violin.

India ink on Claybord.

Western Sword Fern: Polystichum munitum