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Bud BURST!

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Bud BURST!
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This is a pollen bud on a very mature Norway Spruce at the top of our driveway. The bud cones first appear in early Spring (depending on conditions during Autumn and Winter) as a beautiful little red cone about a half inch long, "frosted" with white pollen.
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It quickly begins to elongate as the pollen icing thickens. If you brush against the branch or flick the bud gently with your finger, a cloud of white pollen is released (if anyone is wondering why the Spring allergy season is so intense this year in SE Pennsylvania.)
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The bud then turns yellowish brown, after which a beautiful bunch of new light green needles appears and grows rapidly. I read in a book about foraging that the new clump of needles is a healthy and delicious delicacy. I've tasted many, and the jury is still out on "delicious." But if you see such a clump (much lighter in color than the older needles)--break it off and pop it into your mouth!
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Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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    No thanks, I'll leave the cone eating to you. Interesting info, and a cool shot!


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4/21/2012 3:43:58 AM

 
Michelle Alton
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Karen E. Michaels
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Great burst. The red pops and you have such clarity, Michelle.
4/21/2012 3:43:05 AM


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4/21/2012 3:48:55 AM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Excellent detail and close-up capture - Great info too!


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4/21/2012 3:50:01 AM

 
Tammy M. Anderson
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Interesting info and great details.


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4/21/2012 4:08:49 AM

 
Kevin P. Kreischer  

Excellent macro shot Michelle!


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4/21/2012 4:15:10 AM

 
Jack Gaskin
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NICE SHOT WONDERFUL NARRATIVE !!!
Some how I just can not picture you taste testing pine needles !!!
I should have you look up Cat-Tails and you'll be running down to a near by pond for a taste test.

Happy Dining
Jack


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4/21/2012 5:17:57 AM

 
Agnes Fegan
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Wonderful shot and great info as always. I sometimes watch a show called "Survivor Man" ... he would love to eat that!


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4/21/2012 6:14:07 AM

 
frank w. degenhardt
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That was enjoyable reading, leaned alot about what we see so often. I always enjoy reading all the information about a picture. Beautifully composed, love the dof, and the focus on the tip of the branch. Way to go my friend.


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4/21/2012 6:27:52 AM

 
Tiia Vissak
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a great close-up!


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4/21/2012 7:13:36 AM

 
Monnie Ryan
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Very interesting and a terrific capture, Michelle! I've tasted white and purple clover and dandelion greens, but think I'll pass on this!


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4/21/2012 7:47:33 AM

 
Ann Coates
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You always have such interesting info. I think I will skip on the eating thing too. A beautiful capture Michelle.


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4/21/2012 11:41:05 AM

 
John Connolly
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An interesting image and information Michelle! I think I will pass on the bush tucker bit though!


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4/21/2012 1:55:41 PM

 
Heather Loewenhardt
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Gorgeous colour and detail Michelle.


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4/21/2012 10:45:12 PM

 
Barbara Waldoch
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Beautiful capture, Michelle!


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4/22/2012 1:36:23 AM

 
Robert K. Bemus
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Beautiful MT image, Michelle!!


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4/22/2012 11:21:41 PM

 
Leslie McLain
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Beautiful macro, Michelle.


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4/23/2012 4:44:41 AM

 
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