Thursday, March 25, 2010

Our aspen buds

I guess this is the first sign of spring here. Our aspens are budding.

The fuzzy-appearing buds are called catkins, and are a normal spring occurence on quaking aspen trees. They contain seeds, and last for a short time in the spring.

They kind of remind me of the pussy willows we used to see back east. Since the aspen trees are closely related to willows, this all makes sense.

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