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Pussy willow catkins
13/52 for the group 2014 Weekly Alphabet Challenge

This week's theme was: M is for Macro

Pussy willow catkin

I'm not entirely happy with this photo. The focus is a smidgen soft. I could have done with brighter light to reduce the shutter speed. As it was, I only managed a couple of shots that were in focus. My tripod isn't really heavy enough to hold the camera perfectly still when it has the big zoom/macro lens on it.

Anyway, spring is definitely starting to spring and the trees are all busy throwing out catkins and filling the air with pollen -- which is making me sneeze!




In other news...

I saw the first bumblebee of the year yesterday while I was out walking Brith.

I have removed all the grass that had, over the past few years, sneakily spread onto the concrete path at the front of our house. I found an edging tool in the garage that I didn't remember buying or in fact ever seeing before. I eventually decided that, as it was unlikely that it had been left by the gardening fairies, I must have acquired it when we cleared Dad's garage. I must have grabbed it as something useful that we didn't already possess, shoved it in the car, unloaded it when I reached home and then promptly forgotten all about it. Anyway, it was just the thing and cut through the turf, leaving a neat edge. I rolled up the grass and soil and have put it out at the back on the area where I'm trying to make a patio of sorts, where I can sit out if/when the weather is nice.

Current Mood: accomplished accomplished

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puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: March 29th, 2014 06:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Gorgeous photo - the slightly softened focus gives it a sense of movement in the breeze...

The catkins are so beautiful at the moment - but then I'm not allergic to the pollen!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 3rd, 2014 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
I always said I didn't suffer from hay-fever, but since the swamp beyond the garden turned into a willow forest, I'm having to reconsider. It's not a serious reaction and just leads to a bit of sneezing and snuffles.
queenoftheskies From: queenoftheskies Date: March 29th, 2014 09:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Pretty! I loved pussy willows when I lived in Tennessee, but we don't have them, I don't think, out here in California.
rymrytr From: rymrytr Date: March 29th, 2014 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
And we have them here in Seattle, WA (USA), but with our wet and cool spring so far, they are not this fully developed yet.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 3rd, 2014 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Everything has come out really fast this year. Two trees in the neighbours' back gardens are suddenly full of blossom.
readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: March 30th, 2014 09:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Yesterday the temperature went up! Properly!

We live in hope... :)

heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 3rd, 2014 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Temperature is still a bit wobbly. It went warm, then cold again, but I've had to cast off the snuggly blanket I have been putting over my knees while watching TV. It was too warm!
carl_allery From: carl_allery Date: March 31st, 2014 09:59 am (UTC) (Link)
That's an excellent photo. I can see what you mean about the lighting/focus, but absent professional equipment, it's a very nice shot.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 3rd, 2014 04:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Everything has come out really fast this year. Two trees in the neighbours' back gardens are suddenly full of blossom.
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