From time to time, my dad in Montana will forward me nature and/or art things. Here are some images from an email about a country artist named Richard Carpenter who makes these bears out of pine needles. I love the texture.
"A couple of hundred thousand of them in one large bear.
The pine needles were gathered off the ground, sorted, washed, trimmed and hand woven.
Over 8 months in making the life size bear!"