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Plantidote of the Day 2012-07-26

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Trees in Pakistan

Remember the floods in 2010 that devastated Pakistan? Insects, especially spiders, escaping the rising water took refuge in trees, turning them into the ghostly, "wrapped" specimens, like the one pictured here. National Geographic has more images and details.

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Submitted by jerztomato on

It reminds me of a Christo art installation. (Look at www. christojeanneclaude.net)

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Submitted by twig on

the spiders, et al, have done a wonderful job!

I was thinking it might make an interesting fiber art project to "decorate" a tree with various fabrics and string, etc. A few people here tie Tibetan prayer flags to trees with messages (I think) for the gods/goddesses/FSMs. Pretty when they're all waving in the breeze.

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Submitted by twig on

First time I've seen it in a tree, but that's awesome!!