Thursday, June 18, 2015

Snow in June!

It's poplar fluff season again!  Visitors arrived the other day, got out of the car, saw the bits of white fluff blowing across the yard and said: "Is it snowing in June?"   It's the tall poplars next door, which for a week of so shed their seeds from the mature catkins, each carried by a tiny parachute of white fluff.

It does look like the flakes of a gentle snowfall blowing across the sky.

But it's just this year's catkins, releasing their seeds.  They're mostly at the top of the trees, so I had to use my telephoto lens to get these shots.

Sometimes an entire catkin falls off, landing on the spruce trees or the grass below.

But most of the dispersal occurs if you get a sunny dry day with a gentle breeze.  Here they show up against the dark trees across the road.

And here's another appropriate sky shot.
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14 comments:

  1. We had a long row of poplars going down our driveway when I was growing up, so I was used to that sort of thing this time of year. Up here there are a lot of trees with a tan blossom that resembles lilacs right now.

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  2. Where I live we have the cottonwood trees that shed their white fluff in the spring. I'm highly allergic to the stuff so I hate it!

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  3. I think we're finished with our poplar fluff, at least I hope so.

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  4. Since we get snow into June, I wasn't surprised by your title! I've biked in CA when the fluff was falling through the air - a surreal experience.

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  5. We have cottonwoods that do the same things. I'm praying for a bit of rain right now. - Margy

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  6. we have 2 very tall poplars, and the " Fairy Fluff" is delicate and lovely, after, as you say, that gentle breeze.

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  7. Very cool how you were able to capture the "snow"!

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  8. Now, that's the kind of snow I like! Great sky captures. Have a happy Friday and weekend ahead!

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  9. That is a nice kind of snow. : ) Beautiful pictures. What a blue sky!!

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  10. What a beautiful blue sky .... to have 'snowflakes' falling. : )

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