What a Fabulous Sight... by Debbie Robbins

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I had to slam on the brakes….

Where THOSE Pussywillows?

NO… couldn’t be…. could they???

Only one way to find out…

No one is coming… back up!!!!

Grab the Cam and check it out…

YEAH!!!!! They ARE Pussywillows!!!

Another PROMISE of Spring…


White Rock, Westerly, RI USA

Canon SX210 IS


Pussy willow trees are native to wetlands of Canada and the eastern U.S. As a willow, the trees are part of the genus, Salix. The terminology pussy willows is used loosely to refer both to the trees themselves and to the furry buds on its branches (also known as “catkins”). However, to make a distinction, I refer to the former as “pussy willow trees” and to the latter as “pussy willows.” The Latin name for these trees in North America is Salix discolor, while its rough equivalent in Europe, the “goat willow,” goes by the scientific moniker, Salix caprea. Technically, Salix discolor is a deciduous shrub that can reach a height of twenty feet, if not pruned properly. Indeed, pruning back Salix discolor to a typical “shrub” size is central to its maintenance as a landscape plant.

But for an exact identification, we must narrow it down even further. Pussy willows are dioecious. There are male pussy willow trees and female pussy willow trees. The buds, or catkins, on the male pussy willow trees look different from those on the females. The male catkins are showier, and it is the branches of the male trees that we seek for their “pussy willows.” The catkins of males yield numerous tiny staminate flowers later in spring. From the decorator’s perspective, it is at this point that the bouquet has “gone by.” Likewise, the female catkins will bear pistillate flowers.

I LOVE my Family.
I LOVE to Sing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3Y1QgvneR8
I LOVE my Camera.
I LOVE my RB Friends.
I LOVE the many kind lessons I have learned here… and look forward to Learning much more…

I think you get the picture. :))))
Pardon the Pun..

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  • maggie326
    maggie326over 3 years ago

    It sure is Cookie … I wish we have this here already, but I guess not yet.. Awesome capture

  • Yes Maggie!!!!! but I think it is too cold!!!! LOL maybe if you look around, sure enough you will find some!!!! I sure couldn’t believe my eyes… hahaha :)))) THANK YOU!!!

    – Debbie Robbins

  • Thanks so much Maggie for the FAV!!!!!

    – Debbie Robbins

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    Fabulous capture, Cookie! Love your enthusiasm!

  • LOL… thanks much Dot!!!!! Oh I am ABSOLUTELY enthused!!! LOL :))))xx

    – Debbie Robbins

  • Thanks for that kind fav, dear Dot!!!!

    – Debbie Robbins

  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaover 3 years ago

    I have never seen pussy-willows here, I will have to ask my friend, Teresa, if we get them.
    Fantastic capture against the beautiful sky, GF !
    I think is spring here too, my friend said that her Crocus are up. Have to check it out, rained here all day.

  • really?? NO PUSSY WILLOWS? well I would have to research it to know… I have NEVER been out your way gf… YET!!! CROCUS are a FANTASTIC sign of spring!!! :)))) woohoo…. rain, but temps must be moderating!!! :)))xxxx

    – Debbie Robbins

  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaover 3 years ago

    I’m still chuckling at your words of slamming on the brakes, I do that way to much, poor Sadie thinks that she is getting out every time I stop, LOL!

  • LOL….. HAHAHAHAHA… THANK YOU JAN… FOR YOUR KIND words and FAV… oh my, poor Sadie!!!!! hahahahaah :)))))

    – Debbie Robbins

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 3 years ago

    Such a great plant and well worth the break pads, lol. ;-))

  • HAHAHAH!!!! thanks for that laugh gf… Come on now… you go thru brake pads too, right??? xoxoxoxo

    – Debbie Robbins

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithover 3 years ago

    Love the shot,….I haven`t seen those around here,…love the info too,..

  • Thanks so much JOHN!!!!! I find the info so interesting on others image pages… so I am tryinggggggggg to remember to do so… lol :))))) so appreciate your kind fav,.

    – Debbie Robbins

  • SUBI
    SUBIover 3 years ago

    great photo, obviously RB’S are watching where they are driving, good to see, very well done, Sue :)

  • LOL YES, I WAS watching where I was driving… I was actually by a BRIDGE I was headed for to shoot, so would have stopped in a minute anyway… LOL :))))

    – Debbie Robbins

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 3 years ago

    Great pov

  • Thanks so much Chris!

    – Debbie Robbins

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 3 years ago

    Still waiting to see them here! Great shot!

  • Thanks Pam. Hope YOU see them VERY SOON!!!!

    – Debbie Robbins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 3 years ago

    Wonderful to see, aren’t they? They’re out here, too! And how was Westerly? Had a great time there some years ago!

  • Thanks much Mike… I was in WESTERLY seeing FAMILY…. WE LIVED in WESTERLY for 13 years!!!!! hahahaah :)))) MY you have gotten around, haven’t you!!! :)))))

    – Debbie Robbins

  • we actualy left there and moved to the countryside, BECAUSE of all the TOURISTS!!!!! LOL the Beaches, Watch Hill, Misquamicut, etc… lol

    – Debbie Robbins

  • The population triples in summer and you sit forever trying to move an inch!!!!! hahahaha

    – Debbie Robbins

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