Willow Tree in Full Flower

This afternoon I photographed this willow tree near my home. A tree like this can really light up a hedgerow and is an important source of nectar and pollen for the first insects that emerge in spring. The male flowering catkin on a willow tree is blooming for a few days and they are very beautiful to photograph while flowering. A catkin is a strand of tiny uni-sexual flowers, blooming on many species of trees like the willow tree. I added a bit of drama by shooting against the sun, making the tree stand out and I used another willow tree as a foreground and used my fast lens at maximum aperture to create the isolating effect.

(Nikon D700, Nikkor VR 300mm 2,8, iso 200, handheld) 

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