snow in june

a little bittersweet isn’t it? the first day of summer marks the longest day of the year. so hooray for summer’s arrival! but you better enjoy every moment, because tomorrow, the days get incrementally shorter and shorter, collectively dragging the northern hemisphere towards a long and bitter winter. (can someone get me a drink? my cup is half empty it seems)…

speaking of winter, the other day i had to do a double take. i was hiking along a trail with my pup [insert gratuitous puppy photo here, who isn’t much of a puppy anymore]…

when i came across what looked like snowdrifts on the ground…

it is actually “fluff” most likely from cottonwood and poplar trees. some trees just drop their seeds below them, but some seeds need sun to germinate and will not grow in the shade of their parent’s canopy. so these pretty, fluffy things are a rather ingenious way to carry the seed far away, floating great distances on a breeze.

today also happens to be father’s day. happy father’s day to all the dads who raise their children to rise above and reach the greatest distances in life.

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