Better Than A Groundhog

While feeding the herd across the river, I noticed the alder trees by the river getting their familiar red spring tinge.

Alders along the river beginning to get red spring color.The trees had been dull and lifeless all winter long since they lost their leaves in the fall.

It seems like a long time coming but the alders turning hue is a very good indicator that the trees are coming out of winter dormancy.

Catkins on alder tree.The color doesn’t come from new leaves emerging, that comes a little later in the season. The red comes from the catkins that will soon be the pollen delivery system for the area.

The picture also shows a couple of under-developed cones still on the tree from last year, hanging on until they rot away.

 

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