Pussy Willow Catkins in Bloom,
Spring 2003, Saddle Rock, Long Island

  By the end of the first week of April 2003, the previously gray pussy willow catkins began their bloom: the male catkins open tiny yellow flowers at the end of (relatively) long stalks.
Pussy willow catkins in bloom
  Seen close up, as below, the catkins remind me of bursts of fireworks.

Pussy willow catkin bloom macro
  On the following day, a snowstorm covered everything with several inches of wet snow, but all the plants and trees appear to be recovering okay.

And just as the pussy willow catkins slowly went past their maximum display, the first periwinkle appeared and the first forsythias began to open. But that's another page.

Photo note: Both photos were taken on 6 April 2003 with a Pentax LX and the Voigtlander 125mm macro lens.

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