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Old 04-30-2014, 09:37 PM   #1
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What is this?

What do you suppose this is?
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:46 PM   #2
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Do we get a hint? Animal? Mineral? Vegetable?
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:54 PM   #3
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Do we get a hint? Animal? Mineral? Vegetable?
It's alive.
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Old 04-30-2014, 10:47 PM   #4
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I don't know but I certainly wouldn't want to meet it down a dark alley.
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Old 05-01-2014, 01:31 AM   #5
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Leaves of some alpine plant?
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:33 AM   #6
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Looks like a portion of the Gordian Knot before Alexander untied it.

Have also seen eels in that configuration when a decapitated horse head is lowered into the Baltic for 30 minutes.
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:53 AM   #7
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maybe labrador tea leaves?
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Old 05-01-2014, 01:11 PM   #8
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Macro of a spider
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Old 05-01-2014, 02:37 PM   #9
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Leaves, yes. Btw, what species?
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:11 PM   #10
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Well, Neil, that's very lovely. But for your sake, I certainly hope it's not growing inside your lungs...
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:15 PM   #11
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Does it start with a D?
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:20 PM   #12
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Does it start with a D?
Indeed it does. Something about Lapland in the name.....
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Old 05-02-2014, 11:05 PM   #13
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Ah! Now that we have the whole plant I would up Hobbitling's bet and guess an "i" and an "a". Though alpine azalea has leaves sort of like that too - does it grow in the ADKs? I confess that even the d plant I tend to identify with the Whites more than the ADKs.
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From the source of all knowledge:

Diapensia is especially well adapted to the exposed alpine areas and extreme conditions where it is found. Its low-growth form of tight cushions helps to reduce heat and water loss from wind, as well as physical damage from blowing snow and ice. Early in the season, the leaves have a purple-red color. This pigment (anthocyanin) absorbs potentially harmful ultraviolet radiation, which is re-emitted as heat energy.

This slow-growing species survives in some of the harshest weather, but is slow to recover from footfall. A typical dinner-plate sized cushion could be hundreds of years old!
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Old 05-03-2014, 08:48 AM   #15
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Protection through education! I like it! Subtle but hopefully effective. Kudos!
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