Saturday Puzzler


What’s the story here (click for larger image)?

Who can give us a story to explain what’s going on in this image I took this morning a stone’s throw from my desk? Come on, country folk. You could take a similar picture in your back yard, too, this time of year.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Lorianne takes the cake. Webworms.

    Second guess: A plant exploding when you got too close — some sort of natural defense mechanism, complete with fire and deafening noise. (In which case, we will all pray for your speedy recovery.)