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. 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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