Ready to bloom

Although it is still cold  outside some plants/trees are ready to bloom.

It will make me sneeze for weeks, but they are so pretty, the ‘flowers’ of the Black Alder (Alnus glutinosa, Zwarte Els).
They look like miniature pine-cones.

And with a foggy grey sky behind them the twigs and catkins look like black lace.

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What do you think about the black alder?

 

 

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