Springtime - Gray Sallow blooms

by Lee Santiva March. 27, 2020 188 views
Masculine catkins of the salix cinerea - gray sallow - Aschweide

Masculine catkins of the salix cinerea - gray sallow - Aschweide

The catkins and especially the masculine blooms of the gray sallow are one of the most important sources for bee pollen in the early spring. The shrubs grow about 8 feet tall and thrive in wetlands and along streams.

Young leaves of the salix cinerea

Young leaves of the salix cinerea

It's been sunny but cold and very windy this week so I had to shoot with a fast shutter speed. In Germany we have a "stay-at-home" rule for the next couple of weeks because of the coronavirus. Nonetheless, we are allowed to go outside as long as we social distance, so I headed for the forest and nature preserve with my camera.

In photo #3 I like the way the catkins look like fuzzy slippers.

Catkins of Salix cinerea - gray sallow - Aschweide look like slippers

Catkins of Salix cinerea - gray sallow - Aschweide look like slippers

In the following series, I experimented with various types and degrees of bokeh and am interested which you like best, or to learn whether bokeh distracts too much. Perhaps the simple black background is more appealing?

Salix cinerea with bright bokeh

Salix cinerea with bright bokeh

Young leaves of the salix cinerea with bokeh

Young leaves of the salix cinerea with bokeh

And finally a shot of the wetlands

Wetlands in the evening sun

Wetlands in the evening sun

More information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salix_cinerea

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Berckmans Peter 8 months ago

I prefer a bit of bokeh in the background. Specially if you just can make out what it is. # 4 is my fav.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Berckmans Peter 8 months ago

Thanks Peter! also for revealing your favorite. My favorite are the slippers smile

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Jay Boggess 8 months ago

Wonderful images and fascinating info of the new life of Spring! 
Thanks for the uplifting offerings!
+1smile+1

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Lee Santiva Replied to Jay Boggess 8 months ago

Thanks Jay, glad you liked them!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Lee Santiva 8 months ago

Thank You!+1

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Lynn F Medley 8 months ago

I like the boken,, #1 my fav! Beautiful!

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Lee Santiva Replied to Lynn F Medley 8 months ago

Thanks Lynn I appreciate the feedback!

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