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I love spring!

I love spring!
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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-16
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EFS 17-85 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-16 19:19
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Points: 16
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Salix discolour

The Pussywillow are starting to appear. I took this tonight after the sun had gone down so I had to use my flash.

The Pussywillow is a shrub or small tree to 6 m tall; twigs reddish-brown to dark brown, dull, glabrous to slightly pubescent, rarely densely pubescent; branchlets spreading, yellowish-brown to nearly black, tomentulose, often glabrous with age.

Leaves - alternate; elliptical, bright to dark green above, pale to white-glaucous beneath, 3-10 cm long, 1-3 cm wide, sometimes deeply lobed.

Flowers - borne on catkins; male and female catkins on separate plants; appearing and maturing before the leaves late May to early June.

Fruit - long-beaked capsules 7-12 mm long, on the female catkins, finely pubescent; stipes 1.5-4 mm long; maturing in June.


Swamps, fens, stream banks, floodplains, marsh borders, ditches and other wet habitat throughout Canada.

The Pussy Willow, as all willows, provides a compound called 'salicin' which is similar to the active ingredient in most over-the-counter painkillers. Native North Americans have extracted it from the bark and roots for a painkiller and anti-fever medication.

Reference: Boreal forest

jeanpaul, tuslaw, ubc64, Jamesp, horias, SUBHENDU_BAGCHI, boreocypriensis, Pitoncle has marked this note useful
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Hi Janice

C'est tout simplement superbe prise de vue avec une expression si délicate. J'aime regarder cette image, et je voudrais être le témoin privilégié du moment de l'éclosion de la fleur...
Salutation ...JP

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-03-16 20:19]

Hello Janice,
Your photo brings back memories from my childhood. I have lived in the country most of my life and vividly remember my mom always having a water filled vase of Pussywillow cuttings sitting on our table during the spring time.
Your photo shows us excellent detail and texture of those furry little buds. The colors are beautiful and natural. Love the dark blurred BG.
As Bob Hope always said..."Thanks for the memories"

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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2010-03-16 20:50]

Hi Janice,

Great shot of one of our first signs that spring is imminent! Are crocuses next this year, or will we go straight to robins? Good detail and colours in your photo. I came across something to think about with reference to planting pussy willows. If there's an area on one's property that doesn't drain well, pussy willows will love it there -- you've inferred as much in your good notes. TFS.

See you,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-03-17 0:15]

Hi Janice

Alovely composition - I love the balance between the sharp focus and the out of focus twigs - it works very well. Spring is so late here - the snowdrops are still out and the first daffodil has just stuggled into flower in our garden.

Best wishes


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-03-17 1:27]

Hi Janice
What agreat spring capture today!
I like the sharp details, the light and the colors.
Wonderful black BG.

Namaste Jenice,
great capture of this small shrub with nice depth and high sharpness. The colours are finely contrasting with the dark background. Very well done. Tfs.
Have a nice day.


Delightful and flawless macro capture of this Salix furry buds from impressive POV with wonderful clarity and fine composition.
TFS and have a nice day MF!


Bonjour Janice,
Très belle et artistique publication avec cette agréable macro bien composée sous une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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