Monday, May 07, 2012

Tree candles? Tree fingers?

I see spring has finally decided to stay around for a few... 

I went out and looked at our Ponderosa Pine, and they are putting on little... things.  I have heard them called fingers, candles, pods, lots of names.  It's basically the pollen part of the tree.  I think.  The red things are, at any rate.  The yellow colored spike is new "leaves".  For whatever reason, I think of Hula Dancers.


I was taking some pictures of the new growth, when this little gent happened by.  I was surprised, the dragonfly stayed still long enough to take a photo of.  (It's kind of hard to see him, he's on the smaller spike in front.  You can enlarge the photo by clicking on it, as I remember.)



So, I think, maybe, possibly, by some outrageous bit of hope, we might have springy-summery weather happening!   (Except that my poor Husband has rat eyes right now, and I sound like a coffee peculator, but we still like the weather, if not the pollen...)

5 comments:

  1. By golly they do look like hula dancers. Great pictures.

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  2. Yup - that looks like spring for sure! Our trees are starting to do things, too. Hooray!
    Too bad that pollen is part of spring!

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  3. great photos...I feel your pain. Rode my bike around the Sac River yesterday and the pollen here looks like cotton. Thanks to the wind that kicked up that crap, I am itching from head to toe.

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  4. We are on A/C again, so spring has sprung! Hope the allergies subside soon.

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  5. I have never seen a dragonfly that color. Those pines are very cool!

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