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Close-up of three Giant Reed spikelet clusters (with a spider that had met his demise in one of them)
Photographer: Sue Lawrence
Location: behind a fast-food restaurant in Alexander City, AL
Story: 
I'd just stopped at a fast-food place for breakfast and caught sight of a very large stand of tall grasses with big fluffy tassels reaching toward the morning's bright sky. These grasses had thin skinny grass-like leaves as well as wider base leaves, tall thick stems, and they all culminated into these beautiful thick clusters resembling giant cotton swabs or furniture dusters. Some of them were dirty brown and others were pure white like the ones shown here. These Giant Reeds (Phragmites australis) serve a vital role as pollution filters, particularly in greater metropolitan areas such as New Jersey and New York in the United States. Here, like dust and smog, a spider had met his demise when caught by the spikelet cluster's silky hairs.
Digital Alterations: 
Photo was sharpened by 25%. No changes made to scene or to brightness. No cropping done, no changes made to contrast, & no changes made to color saturation of original image.
Camera Information: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX300, 20.4 mega pixels, 50x Optical Zoom
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