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67 responses

  1. Julie Filiberti

    A close up of a milkweed pod?

    October 13, 2015 at 6:50 am

  2. kpmaxon

    Pheasantback mushroom?

    October 13, 2015 at 6:50 am

  3. Jan from Scotland on vacatiom

    Pine cone???

    October 13, 2015 at 6:51 am

  4. ruthie ireland

    Close up photo of pine cone from red or white pine

    October 13, 2015 at 6:53 am

  5. Milkweed seeds up close!

    October 13, 2015 at 6:59 am

  6. milkweed seeds

    October 13, 2015 at 7:01 am

  7. Brenda

    a pinecone

    October 13, 2015 at 7:04 am

  8. Mikey

    Looks like shelf fungi

    October 13, 2015 at 7:06 am

  9. kate

    Really really close shot of a pinecone or milkweed?

    October 13, 2015 at 7:14 am

  10. Pinexone

    October 13, 2015 at 7:20 am

  11. Marie

    Milkweed pod

    October 13, 2015 at 7:27 am

  12. Ed Parsons

    How about a close look at Cecropia Moth wing scales….

    October 13, 2015 at 7:29 am

  13. Dan Jaffe

    milkweed fruit

    October 13, 2015 at 7:31 am

  14. Marilyn

    You have to be attentive to catch this sight. It doesn’t last all that long!

    October 13, 2015 at 7:34 am

  15. Cindy

    One of my favorite things in nature is it’s repeating patterns. How a tiny moss can look like a 40′ tree. Or even two different things using what seems to be the same “rules”. An ice swirl that looks like a fern. (Perhaps it’s just our human brains – always looking for patterns.) Whatever. As I age and lose energy, I am heartened by the fact there is a whole magical world beneath my feet just waiting to be discovered and explored with a hand lens.

    This is beautiful. And tiny, I suspect. Not really sure what it might be, but pretty sure it involves nature’s “waterproofing”. Overlapping sections to protect whatever is inside: spores, seeds, the organism itself. Thank you for making so many pause each day to appreciate nature’s gifts.

    October 13, 2015 at 7:38 am

    • I feel exactly the way you do about patterns in the natural world, Cindy. I could post nothing but patterns day after day!

      October 13, 2015 at 9:37 am

  16. Sally

    Pinecone

    October 13, 2015 at 7:41 am

  17. This is definitely a Pangolin. It is a North American subspecies that is superbly adapted to our New England climate–note the furry coat on its scales. Very rare and difficult to photograph.

    Actually, this facetious comment is intended to let you know how much I enjoy this blog and appreciate all the effort and research you invest in it–nothing better in the early morning than a cup of coffee and being greeted by Mary Holland’s informative blog. Great photography.

    Thanks so much!

    N. L.
    Lincoln, Massachusetts

    October 13, 2015 at 7:44 am

    • Diane

      Agree.

      October 13, 2015 at 12:28 pm

  18. Treah

    milkweed seeds…..

    October 13, 2015 at 7:45 am

  19. pine cone

    October 13, 2015 at 7:46 am

  20. Betsy janeway

    Liverwort?

    October 13, 2015 at 7:57 am

  21. Mikweed seeds

    October 13, 2015 at 7:58 am

  22. Milkweed seeds

    October 13, 2015 at 8:07 am

  23. Caroline

    +1 for milkweed seeds!

    October 13, 2015 at 8:08 am

  24. Pat Ladd

    It must be milkweed seeds…

    October 13, 2015 at 8:09 am

  25. Jill Oneglia

    Pineapple

    October 13, 2015 at 8:09 am

  26. Sandra Perko

    Some kind of pinecone

    October 13, 2015 at 8:12 am

  27. Kerry Ryer-Parke

    milkweed seeds packed in the pod

    October 13, 2015 at 8:19 am

  28. Fran

    Ailanthus samaras

    October 13, 2015 at 8:27 am

  29. Larry Chase

    small shelf mushrooms, photo taken fro below

    October 13, 2015 at 8:29 am

  30. JimRussell

    milkweed seeds in pod. 😬

    October 13, 2015 at 8:33 am

  31. Dianne Rochford

    scales on a moth’s wing?????

    October 13, 2015 at 8:35 am

  32. Bill On The Hill...

    Hi Mary… Once again you never cease to amaze me!
    I have not cheated & done a Google search, nor did I read anyone else’s guesses beforehand!
    The overlapping pattern reminds me of roofing shingles.
    My best guess is a fungus growth of some sort…

    Thanks,
    Bill @ WGF Studio53

    October 13, 2015 at 8:39 am

    • You are a standout Naturally Curious mystery blog guesser, Bill. Thanks for not “cheating!”

      October 13, 2015 at 9:39 am

  33. Judy B.

    Sphagnum magellanicum leaf?

    October 13, 2015 at 8:50 am

  34. Seeds of a milkweed!

    October 13, 2015 at 8:52 am

  35. Linda

    surely a pinecone.

    October 13, 2015 at 8:57 am

  36. cone from an evergreen tree?

    October 13, 2015 at 8:58 am

  37. hemlock cone ?

    October 13, 2015 at 9:16 am

  38. Yes, has to be milkweed, though I am not good enough to tell you which species.

    October 13, 2015 at 9:21 am

  39. Rosemary Putnam

    Pine cone up close.

    Sent from my iPad

    >

    October 13, 2015 at 9:22 am

  40. cassie

    pinecone

    October 13, 2015 at 9:35 am

  41. Georgia Arribau

    The fine fur on a honey bee

    October 13, 2015 at 10:17 am

  42. Paula Haubrich

    Some kind of pine cone?

    October 13, 2015 at 11:02 am

  43. Unlike Bill, I did cheat and look first at everyone’s comments – a fine array of suggestions, only one of which can be right! My first thought was pine cone seeds, but now I’m voting for milkweed seeds. Thanks for another interesting mystery, Mary!

    October 13, 2015 at 11:07 am

  44. milkweed seeds in the pod beautiful photo

    October 13, 2015 at 11:09 am

  45. Jennifer

    The inside of a milkweed pod with those overlapping seeds – beautiful!

    October 13, 2015 at 11:38 am

  46. M. Underwood

    Count me in for milkweed seeds in pre-fly state

    October 13, 2015 at 12:06 pm

  47. LizL

    Milkweed seeds in the pod. Butterfly weed doesn’t overlap that much and isn’t that wide so I vote common milkweed.

    October 13, 2015 at 12:13 pm

  48. Cindy

    At first it looked like a tightly closed pine cone, but the shading told me it must be milkweed pod seeds! Always amazed by their in-pod compactness : )

    October 13, 2015 at 1:25 pm

  49. Milkweed seeds?

    October 13, 2015 at 2:04 pm

  50. Sheri Larsen

    Looks like the undersides of turkey tail fungus. I’m looking at a model of that at the Harvard Natural History Museum right now!!!

    October 13, 2015 at 2:30 pm

  51. Some kind of (PINE) cone?

    October 13, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    • Now on checking others answers, the milkweed seems right….

      October 13, 2015 at 3:41 pm

  52. It looks like a milkweed pod to me… interesting at how closely it resemble a pinecone.

    October 13, 2015 at 4:46 pm

  53. Harmony Anderson

    Enlarged scales of a moth wing?

    October 13, 2015 at 6:16 pm

  54. Going with butterfly wing. Buttefly wings do have a shingled look; neither mushrooms, tops or undersides have this regular surface, and neither does a milkweed seed. But now, what kind of butterfly? This is a brain twister, Mary! Can’t wait for the answer!

    October 13, 2015 at 6:26 pm

  55. Mike Doten

    Fir cone

    October 13, 2015 at 7:22 pm

  56. Meg

    My first thought was the pattern on an acorn top. But I can see milkweed seeds still in the pod.

    October 13, 2015 at 7:26 pm

  57. Danielle

    milkweed

    October 13, 2015 at 7:28 pm

  58. looks like a hemlock cone

    October 13, 2015 at 7:45 pm

  59. Really looks like a pinecone to me but maybe that is too obvious? Is a beautiful photo!

    October 13, 2015 at 8:06 pm

  60. Easy-peasy, milkweed seeds! 🙂

    October 13, 2015 at 8:31 pm

  61. Pine Cone Scales -Macro version! (beautiful by the way)

    October 13, 2015 at 8:51 pm

  62. Sue Costanza

    Milkweed seeds before the fluff dries

    October 13, 2015 at 9:00 pm

  63. sara hart

    Spruce cone

    October 14, 2015 at 8:14 am

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