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.
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.
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?
And finally a shot of the wetlands
More information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salix_cinerea