I was reminded of natural umbrellas while pulling weeds in the garden this afternoon. I have gotten a late, late start on weeding this year, and when I went out to pull weeds which weren’t very big two weeks ago, I discovered three huge burdock plants had taken over one corner of a flowerbed.
Several of the leaves were big enough for me to use as an emergency umbrella.
Not quite My Neighbor Totoro but if a big protective bear of a man stepped out of an ancient forest and offered me a burdock leaf on a wet night, why, thank you so much!
(from Deviant Art)