I went for a quick walk around the block yesterday, and found the big red alder next door loaded with catkins.
|The long catkins are the male flowers. The buds along the branches will be leaves and female cones.|
|I took almost the same photo of this tree back in 2007.|
The earliest photos I have of these catkins are from the end of February. We found more in 2013, on Crescent Beach, in March. None from January.
|And the Oregon grapes are budding!|