Friday, May 17, 2013

Dandelions and pookh

This time of year brings some very noticeable occurrences  to our part of Russia. I love the warmer weather and everything turning from white and to green. I'm so thankful for the changing of seasons. It seems Russia has two very pronounced seasons which would be winter and summer. Spring and fall kind of sneak in and make a quick appearance before be ushered out of the scene. On my way to Russian lessons yesterday, I had to take a few pictures to share on here.

First of all, I have to smile at all of the dandelions around here. My dad was always so particular to keep every dandelion out of our yard. He worked hard to make our yard gorgeous and perfect to run through barefoot. No stickers, no dandelions, just beautiful, velvety grass. Well, here in Russia dandelions have free reign and take advantage of their given freedom!

All those pretty yellow flowers are actually dandelions! Isn't that incredible?? I love the purple flowers that are determined to survive in spite of the overwhelming dandelions. The colors of the yellow and purple together make for a lovely view on my walk. 

The other thing that cannot be missed on my walk is the pookh. At least I think that is how it would be spelled in English. The Russian word is пух and it literally means fluff or fuzz! It's very interesting stuff. I was having a hard time getting a good picture with my camera until I realized you could see it better against the this green fence. 

No, that's not snow, it's fuzz! LOL :) 

It's a little rough walk through heavy clouds of fuzz because every time I breath, fluff goes up my nose. It's a very strange feeling! LOL 

It builds up pretty quickly in some areas on the ground this time of year. We just can't live without white stuff here I guess. 

Here are the fellows that cause all of the fluffiness! :) I'm not sure what they are called in English, so if anyone knows please tell me!! 

1 comment:

  1. Not sure what the actual species of tree your "fluff" is being generated by but it will be a cousin to our Cottonwood in the States. The genus is Populus, which includes the Cottonwoods, Aspens and Poplars. The seeds of these trees are attached to balls of "fluff" which are disseminated by the winds. We have a large Cottonwood in our back yard here in Oklahoma and the fluff flies for a month! ha Neighbors love us! God bless!