‘Tis the season! The time when a gazillion grains of pollen float, sift and drift through the air. (And allergy sufferers go into high gear buying Kleenex and antihistamines.)
The small red male cones in the featured photo are the source of this wonder (or misery, depending on your body’s reaction).
The spruce trees in our woods have unleashed a bumper crop of pollen this year. On one tree near the house there were so many red cones it looked like a Christmas tree on steroids.
Everything is covered with a fine yellow film. And I do mean everything. Check out the tiny whitish dots on this bearberry. Pollen.
Ditto on this wolf spider.
Note the pollen trapped on the deer hair snagged in barbwire.
And on this tiny wild plant.
And of course, when you turn on the windshield washer you can really see those pollen grains. 🙂
White spruce Picea glauca