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mystery photo 435If you think you might know what today’s mystery photo is, please respond under “Comments” – tomorrow’s Naturally Curious post will identify today’s. Hint: this photograph was not taken under water.

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48 responses

  1. Betsy Hawes

    Tree frog foot pad?

    August 20, 2015 at 6:47 am

  2. Michele

    A type of fungi!

    Sent from my iPhone


    August 20, 2015 at 6:51 am

  3. Kathie Fiveash

    A slime mold?

    August 20, 2015 at 6:59 am

  4. Elizabeth

    Underside of a mushroom?

    August 20, 2015 at 7:02 am

  5. carol stanley

    sheep wool?

    August 20, 2015 at 7:06 am

  6. Alice Pratt

    Leg of a Sea Star (aka Starfish), found out of the ocean 😃

    August 20, 2015 at 7:11 am

  7. underside of a mushroom cap?

    August 20, 2015 at 7:13 am

  8. Maybe a white coral fungi?

    August 20, 2015 at 7:24 am

  9. Nan Childs

    At this house we are stumped… Here are some guesses… a sea creature, fish eggs, baby porcupine quills, coral, inside of a sea cucumber… Can’t wait to see the answer!

    August 20, 2015 at 7:26 am

  10. Ruth Ward

    shorn fur

    August 20, 2015 at 7:27 am

  11. Ruth Ward

    microscopic view of shorn fur.

    August 20, 2015 at 7:28 am

  12. Barbara Bates

    Maybe a toothed fungi?

    August 20, 2015 at 7:31 am

  13. Anna Bannon

    Coral growing on a beached piece of Kelp?

    August 20, 2015 at 7:45 am

  14. David Porter

    Mary – This is Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa – a slime mold that looks like sugar frosting on rotten logs. I have a very similar image as my computer wallpaper.

    August 20, 2015 at 8:31 am

  15. Louise Garfield

    Caterpillar “hair” ?

    August 20, 2015 at 8:32 am

  16. Is it the foot pad of a porcupine magnified?

    August 20, 2015 at 8:32 am

  17. Doria Ware

    deer’s fur coat

    August 20, 2015 at 8:38 am

  18. Cindy

    All great guesses! I don’t know, something tiny we humans seldom take the time to notice and appreciate. But I am reminded of how often shapes, patterns, and structures are repeated in nature. Massive to microscopic.

    Also want to give a shout out to two different books I am reading – both terrific. “Gathering Moss” by Robin Wall Kimmerer. And “Lichens of the North Woods” by Joe Walewski. The second a field guide. The first – heart stirring essays tying together the science and magic of nature.

    August 20, 2015 at 8:45 am

    • Thanks so much for mentioning those books, Cindy!

      August 20, 2015 at 8:53 am

    • Cindy, you are the only person that I can share this with: Robin Wall Kimmerer is a beautiful writer. She makes moss so seductive and scintillatingly interesting. So glad you are enjoying her book. I may just reread it now that you have reminded me of it. I don’t know the other book, but since lichens(and mosses) are an interest of mine, I will seek it out. Thanks so much. You are a kindred soul.

      August 23, 2015 at 12:20 pm

  19. I must say Mary, you never cease to surprise me!
    You say it wasn’t it wasn’t taken under water, but clearly this ocean dwelling material is under water, therefore it was taken from above the water!
    Perhaps along the Maine coast amongst the rocks & tidal pools…
    It appears to be oceanic fauna of some sort.
    Thanks for the surprise,

    August 20, 2015 at 8:50 am

  20. Sandra

    Is it Queen Anne’s Lace close up???

    August 20, 2015 at 9:05 am

  21. Elizabeth

    Either a fungus or an insect egg mass.

    I’m leaning towards fungus, as lots of fungi look like they come from the sea bottom.

    Purple-colored coral fungus with slug

    Purple-colored coral fungus with slug

    August 20, 2015 at 9:33 am

    • Elizabeth, love your picture! Do you know it’s identification? I’ve never seen this color in a mushroom before!

      August 23, 2015 at 12:22 pm

  22. laura luckey

    Wow, I was going to say eggs laid in the thousands by ??? and yes photographs from above into the water (;-))

    August 20, 2015 at 9:33 am

  23. Kimberly

    Queen anne’s lace

    August 20, 2015 at 9:41 am

  24. Looks like the underside of a star fish, those little footpad tentacles (a filiform organ?)… or perhaps on the footpads of a beaver, really close up?

    August 20, 2015 at 9:48 am

  25. margaret

    Pipewort inflorescence?

    August 20, 2015 at 9:52 am

    • Brenda Skillin

      Is it a closeup picture of Queen Ann’s lace?

      August 20, 2015 at 10:04 am

  26. Maybe a close up of a flower of a mum plant?

    August 20, 2015 at 10:11 am

  27. Suzanne

    Albino cow tongue close up.

    August 20, 2015 at 10:15 am

  28. your worst nightmare…a million tiny eyes watching you do something you know you shouldn’t be doing..

    August 20, 2015 at 11:18 am

  29. Kathie Fiveash

    Having looked further, Ceratiomyxa fruticulosa.

    August 20, 2015 at 11:25 am

    • Hey Kathy!! looks like that’s what it is. I never would have gotten that. How did you come up with it?

      August 20, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      • Kathie Fiveash

        I recently came upon an incredibly beautiful green slime mold growing over a rock, and did some research on slime molds to identify it and learn more about slime molds in general. So it was on my radar. And I often find that if I observe something interesting in the woods here in central MA, Mary often posts about it – and vice versa.

        August 20, 2015 at 1:05 pm

  30. David Thomas-Train

    A micro shot of the face of an “artist’s” fungus

    August 20, 2015 at 12:03 pm

  31. Deb Cato

    It may be the tooth of a toothed fungi such as Hydnum

    August 20, 2015 at 12:33 pm

  32. Jane Swift

    We’re seeing a lot of beech blight aphids around here. Could they be your mystery?

    August 20, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    • Jane Swift

      No, I’m wrong! I see the correct answer has already been given above!

      August 20, 2015 at 1:51 pm

  33. Dee

    Is it a white slime fungus?

    August 20, 2015 at 2:06 pm

  34. Natasha Atkins

    lion’s mane mushroom, or another in the tooth or coral mushroom group?

    August 20, 2015 at 2:17 pm

  35. Pam Vaughan

    Hundreds of straws stuffed into
    containers and squished together.

    August 20, 2015 at 2:41 pm

  36. Joanne

    I think these are the ice crystals that form on trails during the winter. It must be the moisture in the ground that freezes into long spindles. They are fun to step on.

    August 20, 2015 at 6:52 pm

  37. Lynn Cook

    The black spots make me think it is queen anne’s lace.

    August 21, 2015 at 6:33 am

  38. Cheryl Ring

    Indian Pipe

    August 21, 2015 at 8:02 am

  39. Cheryl Ring

    Indian Pipe (Monotropa uniflora)? Fruit turns black, and turns upright, as it ripens

    August 21, 2015 at 8:04 am

  40. Sarah

    The underneath side of a starfish.

    August 21, 2015 at 9:20 am

  41. Insect eggs from which the larvae or pupae have already emerged?

    August 21, 2015 at 6:37 pm

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