Here is that thing I hinted at last week.
The swamp thing I had never seen before.
I was sloshing along in the skeetery swelternicity of a September swamp, when ... these little things popped up on the radar.
My brain did a little flip flop as it tried to process the concept of flowers on a conifer like cypress.
I peered in.
They sure looked like little flowers, but obviously, this could not be.
Not in the "naked seed" clan.
So I did what I always do when these conundrums pop up in the wilds.
Photo, photo, photo.
Google, Google, Google.
It turns out these are galls produced by a midge with a 20 dollar scientific name.
Well now, I get galls.
I don't actually GET galls, I mean, I know what a gall is.
Essentially they are little plant tumors caused by different insects who park their eggs inside to develop.
My oaks are full of galls and I have even cut one open and posted the pics a long time ago here at PF.
These cypress balls were so blatantly, in your face obvious, that it boggled me a little bit to think I had never seen such a thing.
What else have I been missing?