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  Bud BURST!
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.
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.)
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!

4/21/2012 3:43:58 AM

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

4/21/2012 3:48:55 AM

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

4/21/2012 3:50:01 AM

Tammy M. Anderson
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Interesting info and great details.

4/21/2012 4:08:49 AM

Kevin P. Kreischer
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Excellent macro shot Michelle!

4/21/2012 4:15:10 AM

Jack Gaskin
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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

4/21/2012 5:17:57 AM

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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!

4/21/2012 6:14:07 AM

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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.

4/21/2012 6:27:52 AM

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a great close-up!

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!

4/21/2012 7:47:33 AM

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

4/21/2012 11:41:05 AM

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

4/21/2012 1:55:41 PM

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Gorgeous colour and detail Michelle.

4/21/2012 10:45:12 PM

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Beautiful capture, Michelle!

4/22/2012 1:36:23 AM

Robert K. Bemus
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Beautiful MT image, Michelle!!

4/22/2012 11:21:41 PM

Leslie McLain
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Beautiful macro, Michelle.

4/23/2012 4:44:41 AM

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