Navigating the Site
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The navigation bar at your left is more limited in content, but also context sensitive. Right now it lists other topics about the site. When you are looking at a wood fern, the bar contains the web links for that wood fern, and a list of other wood ferns. It may take two or three clicks to get to another Hardy Fern Library page via this bar.
Many links here point to photos of ferns. A few of these photos are poor, small images which would not have been included but for a lack of better material. Here is your chance to provide a replacement and – who knows – become famous.
Many more of the photos are good or better. Good photos or bad photos, there is, as often as not, a link from the photo to something better (even though there may be no visible indication of such). So try a click; it costs little.
Some photos are quite large and will take time to download. If your browser is of a recent vintage, it will display large photos resized down to your screen. What you see will be an automated remake of the original, but the browser may also display a resizing icon or provide you a choice of display sizes. If you click on the resizer, or choose 100%, you'll see the original in all its glory. If you have an old browser, you'll get no choice, and be none the wiser.
Some sites have sophisticated software which allows you great control over very large, detailed images. In particular, the herbarium sites like New York Botanical Garden and Missouri Botanical Garden allow one to zoom in on herbarium sheets. This kind of material is disappointingly scarce for the temperate ferns as yet.
In viewing images there is a substantial advantage to a good monitor. This site has diagnostic visual material, and you will benefit from being able to see it. You will find the images improved if you have a monitor that can support, and is set to display, at least 1000 pixels across the screen. Your screen is 0 pixels.