Monday, 9 January 2012
Alders by moonlight
After all the rain and wind of recent weeks, the skies have been a bit clearer in the last few days. When the moon shines through branches in the early evening, it adds a cold but ethereal beauty to the tree silhouettes
But what is this tree with its bunches of little pom-poms and worm-like appendages?
"Two sets of dangly wotsits! How exciting. Cones and catkins! This is surely a completely new species." (from Will Cohu's book Out of the Woods - the armchair guide to trees, pp 14-18)
A closer look shows last year's cones (or 'conelets' - they can't really be cones because this tree is not a conifer) . . . . .
. . . . . and the coming spring's catkins of . . . . .
. . . . the Common Alder (Alnus glutinosa)