Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Snowing Seeds

A few days ago I received a text from Martin when he arrived at the Practice:  'The drive is covered in 'snow' - go photo'.  So I went out to see but unfortunately both cars had gone down the drive scattering the 'snow' to the sides.  However it was still falling.  I believe that there is a word for it when trees produce a super-abundance of seeds in a year.  Scriptor may know the answer.  I know that the Pohutukawa trees here have years when they cover the hillsides in red more densely than in other years.  Anyway that's what some of the trees in the paddock were doing and it was an amazing sight.  It lasted for a few hours.

The seeds were blowing right into the house through the ranch sliders and got everywhere.  Photographing them falling wasn't so easy but the above shot across at the trees will give you an idea of how dense the fall was.


  1. That's amazing. How many years have I lived here and I've never seen anything like that!!

  2. What an interesting effect! We get faux snow, too, but it's tiny butterflies.

  3. It's impressive. Sorry but I don't know if there is a name for it.

  4. It does look like snow! Very impressed with the last photo, it's not easy to catch that kind of thing with the camera.

    We've had 'the real thing' falling here on and off since yesterday, but very gently and half melting so only a thin layer on the ground yet.

    At least it doesn't get into the house! ;)

  5. Wow! Had you been gone for the day, you would have missed it! Lucky you. How was it breathing in that?