Falls of the Ohio State Park…early May. Many of the willows along the river whose fibrous roots are holding fast are also in bloom.
The yellow flowers are catkins and open before the long, thin leaves appear. It’s warm and windy along the river. Tomorrow it will be different. American goldfinches are feeding on the willow blooms.
The sound of rolling river waves against Indiana are interrupted every now and then with goldfinch song. The males are becoming more and more yellow. Does the pollen of the black willow also help this bird?
For me, it’s blooming willow on Oak’s Day. The derby is tomorrow. I’ve a lot of river to explore for a few hours more. Who knows what else I might find?