I found this in the road today below this huge tree outside my apartment building. I don't know what type of tree it is, and can only say that tiny thin red 'tentacles' come out of the little cones, making the entire tree burst with what looks like teensy red fireworks. Or pompoms.
I can't believe it hadn't been run over by a car.... rest assured it is now safe and sound, happily part of my collection of things I find in the road. My road scavenges go way back: I remember when my sister and I were little and visiting our grandparents in Cape Town, we would walk around the block picking up tiny bits of broken glass we'd find in the road and stash them away in our little match boxes, like little diamonds.
This particular 'road find' reminded me of a recent post on Gooseflesh, a blog by Helle Jorgensen.
Helle makes the most amazing crochet sea creatures as well as collects the stuff that washes up on the shore and will be exhibiting a crochet coral reef in Los Angeles next year, as part of collaborative project between herself and the Institute for Figuring, called The Rubbish Vortex. Everything about it sounds fascinating... I can't wait to see her work in person.