It’s snowing again in Warsaw but this time it’s snowing tree fluff and not frozen water.
There’s an incredible amount of it about at the moment blowing in the air and getting caught in the grass.
I suppose a consequence of living where we do with so many trees around. I’ve been trying to work out where it is all coming from and the best I can establish is that it’s coming from trees like this one;
Which are producing enormous amounts of super-fluffy ‘catkins’ like this;
It is nothing more than a way of dispersing seeds, each one wrapped in its own little cotton wool flying machine. You can see the seeds in this close-up;
Exactly the same method of seed dispersal as the dandelion, as Zosia now demonstrates!
M said this is called in Polish “Babie lato” (or something that sounded like that) but I can’t find any references to that on the web. Perhaps it’s a very colloquial thing and given different names in different places?
Anyone know what the tree is?