What the Heck Is This?

Today's image is meant to deceive. Especially if you saw Friday's image and were tempted to guess that that image was what this one is.

No more clues. Well, okay, one: Yes, that's the clear blue sky in the background.

Okay, enough chatter. Take your best guess, then scroll down and see the full image …

It's a close up of the cotton on a cotton plant. I was compelled to present this image today because Friday's photo of clouds looked, as clouds often do from above, a bit like cotton. See some interesting cotton facts below.

The cotton ball on a plant serves as a capsule to protect the seeds.
The cotton ball on a plant serves as a capsule to protect the seeds.
Credit: Dreamstime

The cotton ball on a plant serves as a capsule to protect the seeds. To make T-shirts of it, it must first be spun into a thread or yarn. You might not know, but cotton is also used in coffee filters and gunpowder.

Cotton accounts for about 35 percent of total world fiber use. Two-thirds of it comes from China (No. 1 producer), India (No. 2) and the United States (No. 3). However, the United States exports more cotton than any country. Cotton generates about $25 billion in products and services annually in this country.

One of the great things about cotton is that unlike silk, wool and cashmere, moths don't like cotton.

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