Alan said: "I was really
pleased to have the image shortlisted but to find out it had actually won
the Scottish Botanical Category was a complete and very pleasant surprise.
"The image was taken
in woodland that is just 5 minutes from the house and somewhere I have spent
a lot of time over the years. I was heading home when I spotted the fern
catching the light way off to the side of the path. I just got to it in
time and managed to get a few shots off before the sun moved behind a tree
and the light was gone."