June 10, 2009

Cottonwood Time

One of spring's pieces of magic here is Cottonwood weather, when it is warm and balmy enough finally for the downy seed fluff from the Cottonwood trees to pour out across the air. We've had a few false starts, but today it began in earnest.
Lazy, slow and swirling gently like summer snow, it makes the day feel like you're in a Cottonwood snow-globe. The down floats everywhere, gathers in the grass like foam or a warm snowfall, and blows about on roads in little rolls like fleece. Swirls of it in the air are mesmerizing and it is very easy to lose a half an hour immersed in the experience.