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Blooming Catkins by KeldBach Blooming Catkins by KeldBach
The Willow tree (Salix capréa) always blooms before setting its new leaves. According to Wiki, this should be a male: 

It is a deciduous shrub or small tree, reaching a height of 6-12 m, rarely to 20 m. The leaves are 3-12 cm long and from 2-8 cm wide, broader than most other willows. The flowers are soft silky, silvery 3-7 cm long catkins, produced in early spring before the new leaves appear; the male and female catkins are on different plants (dioecious). The male catkins mature yellow at pollen release, the female catkins maturing pale green. The fruit is a small capsule 5-10 mm long containing numerous minute seeds embedded in fine cottony hairs. The seeds are very small (about 0.2 mm) with the fine hairs aiding dispersal; they require bare soil to germinate.

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Thank you very much :)
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Nice shot.
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Thank you very much :)
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My pleasure!
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s-kmp Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
What a wonderful shot and a great depth of field :)
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KeldBach Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
Thank you so much :)
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My pleasure :)
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Pinedrop Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
So striking and detailed!
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Thanks very much. I'm glad you like it :)
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amaranth333 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely!
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
Glad you like it :)
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Synaptica Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful shot! Thanks for the info too :)
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
Thanks! You're most welcome :)
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kez245 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Excellent picture, Featured in my journal of Spring pictures [link]
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Thanks very much. Beautiful collection :hug:
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barcon53 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
I have always loved the willow catkins.... :) Very pleasing capture...
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Thanks very much, Barbara :)
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barcon53 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
:)
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Kiarachu Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
We have that species here too :3
The buds are so cute and the Italian word (gattico-singular;gattici-plural.gatto=cat) is similar to the english word ^_^
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Yeah, I think that's the most common species of Willow. Glad you like it :)
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Kiarachu Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah...I think so too ^_^
You know that I haven't see a willow tree with catkins for years.That's the firs time after years and this is only a picture...
I want to go in some mountain place and see the willow and the catkins ^_^
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KeldBach Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
Better hurry up then. It's the right time just now :)
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Kiarachu Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah yes...I know...maybe tomorrow...I hope that the weather will be nice ^_^
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