Curly Catkin

As we get further into the spring season more flowers are making their appearance as each day goes by. And while I wait for more to appear I just can’t help taking photographs of those pretty little white apple blossoms.

Apple Blossom Detail

Apple Blossom Detail

I plan on getting a lot of photos of these flowers while they’re around because before you know it summer will be here and these flowers will be long gone.

Lone Seed

Lone Seed

And of course, I can’t forget another of my favourites – the spikey seed. I’m waiting ever so patiently for these to start growing so I can see what they are. Seems spring is not their time. At least, not yet.

I did find something new today – the weeping willow tree catkin. 

Willow Catkin

Willow Catkin

In my research about the weeping willow tree, I found out that way back in 1763 a British minister, Edward Stone, did experiments on the tree’s bark and leaves. He found a substance called isolated salicylic acid. This was used to treat headaches and fever but was quite harsh on the stomach. In 1897 a chemist named Felix Hoffman created a synthetic version that was gentler on the stomach. He named this new version “aspirin” which he produced for his company, Bayer. Nature is pretty darn amazing.