Winter has finally come: everything is white, earth is covered with soft snow, branches of trees are covered with fluffy snowflakes. It’s −12°C. The sun is shining. It’s dazzlingly bright outside because the sun light reflects from white snow and white trees. Rarely snowflakes fall from above shimmering in the sun, it feels like fairytale.
Actually it was yesterday, I just couldn’t publish the post earlier.
Winter is gray this year in St. Petersburg, there are no snow at all, and the temperature is about +5°C. It rains often…
This bright photo taken in September 2008 in Tunisia is a great way to remind the colors of nature will be back…
Today the sky is bright blue for the first time in the recent days. There are a few clouds. It’s light outdoors, and it is a little bit colder.
There was fog last Friday:
It was dense at some places, and then it was absolutely clear. It was very beautiful: the trees that grow from the fog, the fields covered with light “blanket” and shone by the sun.
I found a dandelion in blossom in the evening today after I parked my car in my garage. It reminded me of summer. The sun was shining, giving a warm tint to everything. It’s late September, so the sun doesn’t really warm…
Do you know that… pussy willow is goat willow (lat. Sálix cáprea).
The name … probably derive from the first known illustration of the species… where the plant is shown being browsed by a goat. The species were historically also widely used as a browse for goats…
Its white and furry catkins appear before the leaves:
Later, when pollen releases, catkins become yellow:
These are male catkins.
Female catkins do not look as attractive: