By MIke Sallee
June 15, 2005
Here's another species I'd classify more as a mushroom rather than a flower blossom. These specimens appear to be the one-liter subspecies, though half- and 1.5-liter varieties are also common. I picked these two from around the roots of this snow-covered cedar stump and placed them on top for the photo.
These "mushrooms" are evidently anthropogenic and quite cosmopolitan, common in roadside ditches, or floating in open water of lakes, bays and oceans, or along high water berms like this one left along the banks of the Potomac in Washington, DC, which was flooded by hurricane Isabel in 2003.
Seems like a container deposit law is long overdue. Several cottage industries could develop out of redemption funds they could collect from gathering up discarded glass, aluminum and plastic containers.
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