Monday, March 22, 2010

Macro Monday: An Alder Catkin

Alnus serrulata

This is an alder catkin. We checked in on our house in northern Vermont to see what happened over the winter. We've decided that this grove of alders has to go, so they will be brush hogged soon. The female catkins are smaller, rounder and browner than the male and they grow next to the males. You can't see them here though.

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  1. What a great shot! Do I see the mother tree reflected in the droplet? Nice bokeh too! I've always had a fascination with catkins and other seed pods.

  2. I've never heard the expression "brush hogged", but I agree that they are better gone! I am allergic to the alder pollen, and wish I could clear the trees on the other side of our fence!

  3. I have never seen such catkins, ours are grey white. Beautiful picture !

  4. totally up close and personal, sweet shot!

  5. So sad they have to go. So they are kinda like pussy willows? That the female and males are different? Interesting!

  6. The catkins are lovely but alders can be quite invasive!


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