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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Peculiar Pollen Post

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Pollen collecting in rainwater

Just a one-off post today of something unusual I noticed a few days ago.At first, I thought it was some strange fluid leaking from parked cars (antifreeze, brake fluid...who knows). I soon realized, however, that one of the neighbor's trees (some sort of evergreen) is producing huge amounts of acid-yellow pollen right now, forming strange psychedelic ribbons of color in the ever-present pools of rainwater. Bizarre!

29 comments:

  1. That is very strange looking and there sure is a lot of it. I know they produce resin so maybe that is what that is.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  2. We get that here when the neighbor's Acacia baileyana blooms. Sometimes our whole driveway will be yellow. Awesome photo.

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  3. Bizarre, but very interesting shot...

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  4. That is beautiful! I think it's suitable for framing :-) Really cool when nature makes art!

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  5. When our Blue Atlas Cedar blooms, literally pounds of bright pollen cover everything.

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  6. It makes for a fascinating photograph Scott.

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  7. That really is a piece of art Scott.

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  8. Beautiful photo! We get pollen from our Ashe junipers, but rarely have the rain to go along with it.

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  9. We get tons of pollen in spring (of course), but I've never seen so much in autumn! It looks a little pretty, very interesting, and a bit icky too!

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  10. I like that picture. It reminds me of Edvard Munch's painting "The Scream". Is it typical for trees to produce pollen at this time of year in Portland?

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  11. Just noticed you have a lot of Texas gardeners posting on your blog.

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  12. Pollen and small flowers are common on the ground here, but seeing them in swirling water like that, i still haven't seen. The photo is really marvelous!

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  13. Very cool. It sort of looks like Van Gogh's "Starry Starry Night."

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  14. Never seen this kind of pollen before! It's really awesome!

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  15. I was sweeping up our driveway earlier this week and was surprised to see quite a bit of bright yellow pollen, the kind I normally see in spring.
    Love your picture!

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  16. My neighbors have a cedar, not sure if it is Deodara or Lebanon, that always puts out a little pollen in the fall, and boat loads in spring.

    I enjoyed your Foliage Follow Up. The colors in your photos and in your neighborhood were beautiful. I wish more gardeners would plante the Parrotia. The few I have seen here are near red to orange.

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  17. Good observation, looks like paper coloured on floating oil, lovely. Christina

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  18. Fascinating! That is espy in action! Great capture.

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  19. Wow, that is unique. Reminds me of an impressionistic painting. Beautiful!

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  20. The shot is fantastic, as ever, I wonder what plant can produce that amount of pollen in november! It certainly looks similar to pine pollen.

    Alberto.

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  21. what interesting swirls in the photos

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