Mt. Nusatsum

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Smell of Cottonwood in the Morning

In 2010 on April 19, I posted about the wonderful aroma being put out by the resin on the newly emerging cottonwood leaves from the black cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa) trees. The Bella Coola Valley has extensive stands of cottonwoods and the last two mornings, when the air is still and you step outside in the morning you immediately catch a breath of the pleasant smell that pervades the valley air.  Newly emerged leaves are shiny and sticky right now as they pop out in the last couple of days covered in the aromatic resin. It's 10 days later though this year than last year.

Today was a repeat of yesterday with low hanging cloud in the morning, some clearing and decent sun, then in the mid evening heavy rain showers with the snow level down at less than a 1000 m on the mountains.  Grizzly

1 comment:

  1. Evocative post - lovely thought of the early morning nature expereince in beautiful Bella Coola. Gilly