Winter Brown Bundle Mystery

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science." ~ Albert Einstein

It was a bitter cold winter day in February 2015. (-4 °F = -20.00 °C) I was bringing in firewood to keep the furnace going strong,
in our Central Pennsylvania home. I pickup up a log and saw a mysterious bundled of brown stuff was sitting in the space under the log.

Here are two pictures of the curious thing I saw.

mystery bundle

Hint: When you click on the photo, a larger view will open. Use your Back button to return to this page.

Side view

side view bundle


Carefully examining the photos. Consider the time of year. Consider the place I found it.

Write your observations.

What do you hypothesize this is?


How do you think it got there?


How could we verify what this is?




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Posted 3/2015 Cynthia O'Hora.