White Birch, Golden Rain
Spring 2003, Saddle Rock, Long Island

  After several weeks of growth, the male catkins open into many tiny flowers to scatter its pollen about. Caught in the direct sunlight, as below, the catkins look bright orange against the sky.

The following photo is both reduced and cropped, since while macros really do great on the web, the intricate detail of branches and catkins are nearly impossible to reduce properly. So please consider the photo a small representation of the greater glory of the male catkins on a white birch.

Female white birch catkin in all its glory

Photo note: The photo was taken on 27 April 2003 with a Pentax LX and the Voigtlander 125mm macro lens.

White birch: female catkins   |   Pussy willow catkins

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