Friday, April 8, 2011

black cottonwood ~ 04/08/11 ~ Garland Ranch






I usually limit my ID posts to 3 pics at the most, but I really liked these pictures of the black cottonwood. Garland Ranch is the only local place I know where if you hike in the springtime, little fluffs of cotton float around in the air. It's like a dreamy snow globe on the floodplain of the Carmel River. Little did we know that it would actually get cold and snow on us an hour later up on the Mesa.

5 comments:

texwisgirl said...

snow? wow!

we have a few cottonwood trees here. i think they're neat but hubby's allergies don't appreciate them much...

Nature ID (Katie) said...

Interesting that you should mention allergies, twg. As I was reading up on cottonwoods (there are many species across the U.S.), I discovered it's the male tree's pollen that causes allergies, as the female tree's cotton are supposedly non-allergic.

Out on the prairie said...

A number of Native Americans believe our souls are contained in cottonwoods. I like the girth of themany around here.

PDX Nature Nut said...

Great pictures! I love Cottonwood "snow" too. Although it usually coincides with my worst allergy symptoms of the year. Oh well. If you're ever in Salem, Oregon, you should stop and check out the Nation's largest Black Cottonwood. Very impressive!

http://www.oregontic.com/heritage/tree-detail.php?id=19

Nature ID (Katie) said...

Steve, I like that kind of story. I'll have to look into it.

PDX, the next time we head up to visit family, we'll have to stop along the way.