Bright orange swellings can be seen at this time of year on some Eastern redcedars and other junipers. After a rain those small, translucent-orange galls with gel-like projections appear. These weird galls are caused by an intriguing fungus that needs two different host plants to live!
In the spring the orange masses expand after a rainfall and release spores that can travel though the air and only infect the leaves of a hawthorn, apple tree or similar host (see below). Then in the fall, from spots that formed on the hawthorn or apple leaves, spores are produced that can only infect a juniper/cedar. The cycle continues in the spring when you can see new galls on the juniper/cedar. Although a problem for apple growers this rust disease does not cause serious harm to the junipers. There are other rusts that can cause problems with junipers such as quince rust.