Saturday, September 08, 2007
Pollen is in the air
Spring is a time of renewal and , as such, blooms are out in profusion at the moment with Robbo being no exception.
The air is heavy with pollen, as anyone with hay fever would agree.
Although we may feel that the vast number of flowers, such as this one on the left, or various grasses were responsible for this, it is in fact an older style of flowering plant that releases much of the pollen in the Robbo area.
Pictured below could arguably be one of the earliest flower forms that produces pollen, and vast amounts of it at that.
Various species of pine were among the first to use airborne dispersal, and do it in abundance, as the below closeup shows. This tactic has seen this group of plants survive, some with little change, over millions of years.
the clouds of pollen these plants release are spectacular to watch and , if necessary, take an antihistamine. Its worth it.