Enchanting photo shows strange, frowning parasitic plant that resembles an owl

An owl-shaped bloom of a parasitic plant, glowing green against a black background.

A bizarre parasitic plant that resembles a frowning owl has won a global photography competition for the best snapshot of a plant or fungus. Nestled in dark ground, the “owl” glows according to the eerie emerald World Wildlife Photography Awards.

Photographer Chatree Lertsintanakorn captured the mesmerizing image in a remote nature reserve in Thailand, where the flowering bodies of the tiny plants protrude from the ground at the base of the trees.

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