The Boldness of Pussy Willows

Earlier in March, I cut a few branches from my pussy willow shrub and brought them inside. The warmth of the house quickly turned the silvery white pillows of the catkins into yellow caterpillar creatures.  They seem so alive, they almost appear to be moving and twisting towards the sun.

 

When the honey bees are lured out of their hive on a sunny winter day, pussy willows provide the first pollen of the season.

They seem to draw the sun’s light into their little furry bodies and keep growing and expanding. Boldly, they lead the way, undaunted by howling winds or snow that covered the first crocuses and daffodil greens, until yesterday.

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22 Responses to The Boldness of Pussy Willows

  1. Beautiful photos Annette. I hadn’t paid attention to the beautiful details of a pussy willow blossom. Thanks!

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  2. navvirk says:

    They are so beautiful. emitting the colour of sun..

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  3. arlene says:

    So lovely 🙂

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  4. Tish Farrell says:

    Gorgeous, cheer-making shots, Annette. Happy spring!

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  5. Donna King says:

    We had pussy willows at my childhood home. I enjoyed them every year. I love the photos of the opened blossoms with the pollen. Thanks for bringing back a wonderful memory.

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  6. Wow! These are magical photos!

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  7. Claudia says:

    Magic pictures! I will definitely go outside and look closer at the ones growing in my yard!

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  8. bythebriny says:

    Beautiful…they really do look like caterpillars.

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  9. I think in german language they are called Palmkaetzchen, it that rings a bell to you. Thank you for sharing such detailed beauty

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  10. Always a welcome sign of Spring. Our local country store has them but i think they are not local yet.

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