Another John has sent in a picture of the pollen cloud rising from the pine plantations.
Today I was up on Mt Ainslie and looking to the east and a strange sort of haze caught my eye, a yellowy sort of dust cloud not normally seen, then it occurred to me that it was almost certainly clouds of pollen being generated by the pine forests of the Kowen pine plantation, and the strong westerly that sprang up today was the catalyst. The clear air and distance from my viewpoint combined to make the very tenuous clouds quite visible.
It’s always difficult to capture something like this photographically, the camera only gives a mediocre representation of what the eye actually sees, but even so I think you can see waht looks like a dust plume over the pine trees. There was a similar but extremely faint effect over the Mt Majura pine trees but much much less obvious and impossible to capture with the camera.
The above image has been pretty brutally tweaked by me to bring the pollen out.
Below is the original:
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