Cottonwood Air

There was so much Eastern Cotton fluff, it was easy to scoop up a handful off the ground. A single mature Populus deltoides can produce an estimated 40 million seeds in a season. The seed is inside the dried fruit or achene attached to cotton-like filaments that help transport it through the air.Here’s my attempt to photograph the stuff in the air at Bush Terminal Park recently. Cottonwood time is a virtual snow storm.And looking the other way: a thicket of the fast-growing saplings beyond the fence.

4 Responses to “Cottonwood Air”


  1. 1 cmy@nybg.org June 10, 2019 at 7:52 am

    Heavy seed production up here at NYBG. Thanks!

  2. 2 Susan June 10, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    You are Brooklyn’s great nature photographer.

  3. 4 Paul Lamb June 11, 2019 at 5:14 am

    It’s the state tree out here!


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