The diversity of nature is unbelievable! I was out filling the bird feeders today and I saw this little ball of something fuzzy. At first, I had no idea what this was. It reminded me of the Spanish Moss I used to see often when we lived in New Orleans. Looking closer, I saw all these little pods making me think of Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors.
This small mass (about 3-4 inches across) is a lichen – Usnea Strigosa also known as Bushy-beard lichen. The pods are actually the reproductive part of the plant and spores are released from these. Although this odd enough to think it has come from outer space, I don’t think we need to worry about it trying to take over the world. But then, I’ve been wrong before…
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Nikon 105mm f/2.8 AF Micro-Nikkor
105mm @ f/22 – 3 sec – ISO 400
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