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Willowy clouds

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Bare Black Willows with Wispy Clouds 6271

Click for greater clarity, especially in the treetops.

You may remember last fall’s abstract view of the spiraling leaf of a black willow tree, Salix nigra. Trees of that species are bare now, as you can see in this January 31st view showing the tops of some that border the Riata Trace Pond in north Austin. What caught my attention more than the trees, though, was the long clouds that festooned the afternoon sky, actually airplane contrails made wispy by high-altitude winds. A realist might call it at best a semi-natural phenomenon, but the airplanes were probably made by Boeing, so you could say the contrails-turned-willowy-clouds were a native American species.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 6, 2013 at 6:15 AM

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