Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Bright Red Catkins by the Roadside

I still can't get over how much of the world I failed to see before I started gardening. The catkins pictured above and below are so red, you'd think they'd be unmissable. Yet, this is the first year I've noticed them. What kind of tree? Some kind of poplar is my guess, From the catkin, perhaps a male Cottonwood? Maybe after it leafs out, I'll find a fallen leaf to help ID it. Those catkins and branches were pretty high above my head, definitely not reachable for closer examination.

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