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19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
A Bearded Cattail in our Woods

This cattail uniquely stood out over the rest that were growing near by it in our woods because of its fuzzy beard above a spindly green neck and white hair on top of its head, It reminded me of natures caricature of an elderly man. By the next day the wind had blown off its beard so that it looked clean shaven and left the poor thing bald. It is providential that I shot the picture when I did as timing is everything:-)

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Date Taken: 10.2021
Date Uploaded: 10.2021
Photo Location: Ellsworth, Wi, United States of America
Camera: COOLPIX P900
Copyright: © Andrea Petersen