Montana Outdoors

April 8, 2008

It depends on how you look at it

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Trees — Tags: — montucky @ 9:10 pm

Some folks wouldn’t call these flowers.

Willow buds

Willow buds

Willow buds


  1. Are those pussy willows? I always thought the fuzzy bit was the bloom!


    Comment by WordVixen — April 9, 2008 @ 12:55 am

  2. We’ll in my opinion if the bees visit it – it’s a flower… now that’s not a very scientific perspective but hey, it’s the best one I got. 🙂 Beautiful shots!! Your detail in your shots just amaze me!


    Comment by aullori — April 9, 2008 @ 1:05 am

  3. gorgeous little catkins! Nice photography!


    Comment by Jennifer — April 9, 2008 @ 5:19 am

  4. The way you’ve captured them here, I don’t know what else you could call them.



    Comment by Pinhole — April 9, 2008 @ 5:22 am

  5. But these are flowers! So delicate and your photos of them are just beautiful.


    Comment by Janet Wilkins — April 9, 2008 @ 6:15 am

  6. The pussy willow is a favored decoration at Chinese weddings, at least those in Singapore. So when a young lady from there was planning her wedding with my wife’s assistance, they bought some fresh cut stems for the celebration. Afterward my wife put them out on the back porch in water and they rooted. She planted some and they began to grow. She gave a few plants to various friends but kept one. It has thrived for six years in our yard and becomes home to countless sparrows each summer!


    Comment by errolllevant — April 9, 2008 @ 7:24 am

  7. Wordvixen,

    Yes, this is the more advanced stage of the simple pussy willow, although many other trees also use the same strategy. They are technically flowers and are wind-pollinated.


    Comment by montucky — April 9, 2008 @ 8:08 am

  8. Lori,

    This is another case of the camera lens showing detail that is usually overlooked. These photos were taken at about 7:45 last evening and the light was just right to attract my eye and, as it turned out, to highlight the blooms. (I rely on the idea that it’s often better to be lucky than good.)


    Comment by montucky — April 9, 2008 @ 8:12 am

  9. Thanks, Jennifer! The timing was just right for these willows. (I was actually looking for aspens but they are not quite right yet.)


    Comment by montucky — April 9, 2008 @ 8:14 am

  10. Pinhole,

    When I saw these in the evening light, they reminded me of little bouquets, and luckily, the photos turned out that way too.


    Comment by montucky — April 9, 2008 @ 8:16 am

  11. Janet,

    Yes, they are another example of a flower that is so often overlooked. I think we tend to see the pussy willow and then forget about it. Another part of the miracle of spring!


    Comment by montucky — April 9, 2008 @ 8:20 am

  12. errolllevant,

    Now that’s a plant with great memories! What a nice thing to happen! Willows are really hardy things. Near the river there are lots of them they are a main food source for the beavers who cut and eat literally tons of them. And yet, more grow in their place.


    Comment by montucky — April 9, 2008 @ 8:24 am

  13. If it’s yellow and pretty, it’s fine by me.


    Comment by Bo — April 9, 2008 @ 10:07 am

  14. The next yellow here will be around the first of May when there will be a half dozen varieties. You would love it here during May!


    Comment by montucky — April 9, 2008 @ 10:44 am

  15. They sure look like little flowers to me. 🙂
    The detail in these photos are really amazing. Great job!
    (I think our pussy willows have gone back into hibernation)


    Comment by AK_Adventurer — April 9, 2008 @ 3:20 pm

  16. Having a little hold-over with winter? We are too, but it’s supposed to get very warm by Saturday, maybe as high as 70! That ought to get things moving again! I went up a canyon today and didn’t have to go very far to be reminded about what winter was like… deep snow, ice, and nothing green but the cedars.


    Comment by montucky — April 9, 2008 @ 3:49 pm

  17. I really like Lori’s definition 🙂 Pretty flowers, too!


    Comment by Adam R. Paul — April 10, 2008 @ 10:28 am

  18. I like that definition too, Adam. Makes things simpler too.


    Comment by montucky — April 10, 2008 @ 12:03 pm

  19. wow! really nice pictures! glad you didn’t over look them, but shared them w/ us!


    Comment by silken — April 10, 2008 @ 7:45 pm

  20. Thanks, Silken! They went to all the trouble of blooming, the least I could do was give them a little publicity.


    Comment by montucky — April 10, 2008 @ 9:02 pm

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