The Goldfinchs are molting into more color. Before long they will be looking nearly fluorescent.
We looked at Alder a short time ago but the catkins and cones here are a bit different. These catkins were still laden with pollen and a little finger flick produced clouds of yellow dust.
I found these cones interesting in their starkness compared to an earlier shot where they were shrouded with leaves or something or other. I'm becoming something of a catkin and cone freak. Today I noticed catkins on a Hop Hornbeam at work. And to think that not long ago I thought that all the world had to offer was the ubiquitous pine cone.