10 May 2018

"Nature's first green is gold"

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
         ---- Robert Frost, "Nothing Gold Can Stay"
The photo is of an oak tree in my back yard. In a few weeks the golden catkins will fall, leaving light green leaves, which will darken over the summer and turn russet in the autumn


  1. Here in Virginia, we joke that there are 5 seasons: Summer, Autumn, Winter, POLLEN, and spring. Right now, our cars are all tennis-ball green!

  2. How much pollen do those catkins contain?
    Watch, and find out!


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