These aren’t what you normally think of when you think of spring flowers, but, if you look very close, you can see that these alder catkins are clusters of little dark pink flowers.
From a distance the alders have a pink/orange patina due to the color of the catkins (they are the deciduous trees with the light trunks).
For Cee’s Flower of the Day and Denzil Nature Photo Challenge: Pink.
Another snapshot of brightness from our morning walk. For Becky of Winchester’s Bright Squares and Cee’s Flower of the Day.
…so they can be out in the winter.
That’s how I think of pussy willows. I saw a few brave catkins emerging today as we walked the beach.
For Cee’s Flower of the Day.
A close up of a pussy-willow catkin bursting into bloom. Taken on the beach last March with my Nikon P610 (bridge camera) in Macro mode. 1/125 sec, f3.3, focal length 4.3mm.
Musin’ with Susan’s Macro Moments Challenge: Catkin