Seen in February, on the Salix Caprea Pendula (Kilmarnock willow tree). Purple crocuses form the Impressionist background colour.

At the tail end of winter, fuzzy nubs start to appear along the branches of pussy willows. These soft silver tufts—as well as the plant itself—are named for their resemblance to tiny cats’ paws. They’re actually flowers just before they fully bloom. The soft hairs protecting them from the cold.  Only male plants produce the fuzzy flowers.

Lens Artists Photo Challenge #34 | Close-up

Flowers on Friday

18 thoughts on “Flowers on Friday

  1. LOVE the fuzzy flowers Jude! Isn’t it annoying that nature saves her best efforts for the males of so many species?! Thank goodness it’s not that way for humans LOLOL

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