I know you are all eager to know the answer to last week's mystery photo post ...
There were some great guesses, and some funny ones - sea cucumbers or anemones, turmeric root, chickens' feet with in-grown toenails, and fossilised troll toes. The correct answer (Anonymous, you were right) is gooseneck barnacles, or sometimes also called goose barnacles. They grow on rocks in exposed coastal areas, and are harvested commercially on the northern coast of Spain - a particularly hazardous occupation! The barnacles are known in Spain and Portugal as percebes, and are widely consumed there as a somewhat expensive delicacy. They were called goose barnacles because, back in the days before people learned that birds migrate, it was thought that Barnacle Geese grew out of these little barnacles - they were often found growing on pieces of driftwood, and people believed that they were attached to the branches (presumably "laid" by the geese) before they fell in the water. This YouTube video will give you some idea of how they are eaten.
Time now for a new mystery photo - can you guess what the brown, "twig-like" things in these photos are. Once again, these photos were taken at La Boqueria market in Barcelona.
I am submitting this post to the Two for Tuesdays blog hop, and don't forget to come back to get the answer.