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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Watching for Spring

  This gnarly tree-gnome is watching to see if spring is happening. Looks skeptical. face in a tree

The quaking aspen tree is surely trying to act spring-like.
aspen tree with catkins


Catkins on it are fully fluffy and about to start spreading pollen. Quaking aspen is dioecious, which means there are separate male and female trees. So this one is male. That said, aspen seeds rarely result in new trees. Aspens most commonly sprout from vast root systems. When you see a clump of aspen, it's likely actually all one plant with a shared root. The largest and oldest is called the Pando Clone in Utah. 100 acres in size, it is all one organism and is estimated to be 80,000 years old. aspen catkins

Here's a tiny bit of good news related to a not-quality event I haven't shared (because it did not make me happy). For some reason, the road commission took out 4 big trees along a road on my common road loop. I don't know why- they weren't dead or obstructing sight lines on a corner. Anyway, they cut them, ripped out the roots, and backfilled the holes. What I'm sure they neither knew nor cared about was that there were daffodils that grew beneath those trees in spring. Ha! Bulbs are tough. There are quite a few of them in bud, and one has already managed to bloom. Hooray for the tenacity of flowers! daffodil

The moss is getting sexy too! Spore production on its way. moss with sporangia

And I suspect the red-tail hawk has a better view of the arrival of spring since s/he is more mobile than the tree-gnome. Love my hawks! red tail hawk

In other news: I worked on a volunteer project all day. ALL DAY. Then I took a 5-mile walk because I was feeling so antsy. Yesterday, shirtsleeves. Today, 37 degrees and winter clothes. Tonight, a dustng of snow on the ground!

See Anything But Brown

3 comments:

Ann said...

Wow, 80,000 years old.
Not too spring like here this morning. It's snowing.

Sharkbytes said...

Ann- here too!

The Oceanside Animals said...

Lulu: "80,000! That's almost as old as our Dada, I bet!"

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