Nikon D90…Nikkor 18-105mm lens, f/6.23, exp time 1/1600 sec, ISO – 400, fl 105mm, max aper 5, no flash
New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
Pussy willow is a name given to many of the smaller species of the genus Salix (willows and sallow) when their furry catkins are young in early spring.
American pussy willow (Salix discolor), native to northern North America.
Before the male catkins of these species come into full flower they are covered in fine, grayish fur, leading to a fancied likeness to tiny cats, also known as “pussies”. The catkins appear long before the leaves, and are one of the earliest signs of spring. At other times of year trees of most of these species are usually known by their ordinary names