Ferns are delicate, easy to overlook, non-flowering, often avoided – and many of them are critically rare. They can be daunting to learn, but in time they are easily recognized by habitat, substrate, color, texture, size, etc. The point of this posting is simply to draw your attention to the beauty, intricacy, similarity and differences of ferns rather than go through the litany of ferns you will see in the Blue Ridge, Foothills, and eastern US.