More “Snow”

As one of our bloggers mentioned in the last post, there is another kind of snow lying around these days. I found some just down the street. I believe this huge tree is a cottonwood or its relative, a grey poplar. Its  fuzz-covered seeds now fill the air and lie on the sides of the road, looking like real snow.

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The black cottonwood that I’ve seen in Montana has darker bark, and leaves that are more rounded than those of this tree. This is why I wondered about it being a grey poplar instead, although they are still related.

The fluffy bits are like cotton balls, and maybe this is where the cottonwood got its name.

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I’m so glad this snow will eventually blow away and that we don’t have to shovel it. Quite possibly it makes good fluff for lining a bird’s nest.

Do you have any fake snow where you live?

31 thoughts on “More “Snow”

  1. Val

    Yes, the birds will use it to line their nests. That and – if you have any around – sheep wool and any other animal hair.
    We don’t have cottonwood trees in the UK (that I know of) but recently the air has been filled and the ground covered with similar fluff from a willow tree we have in our garden (yard).

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  2. Lynette d'Arty-Cross

    When I lived in southern Alberta I saw a lot of it from cottonwoods from mid to the end of May (and sometimes later if it was a cool spring) but unfortunately most of the birds were sitting their eggs by then. People with allergies could really be bothered by it. But yes, a very snowy effect. 🙂

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  3. atkokosplace

    The only “fake” snow I can see are the hundreds of white clover blossoms all over my property. It’s beautiful (to me!) and it smells so sweet. I leave it so the bees can feast on them! 🙂

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        1. wordsfromanneli Post author

          Dogs help us get out into the world and they remind us that we have other things to think about besides ourselves. I could easily sleep in but the dogs won’t allow that, and even if I groan at first, when I am outside and see what a beautiful morning I might have missed, I’m thankful for the dogs.

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