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Pollen


I don't need my Weatherbug app to tell me that there is a pollen alert in my neck of the woods right now. It has been warm enough several times this last week so that I could enjoy dining out on my porch, but not until I had wiped down the table and chair. But probably one of the most obvious signs of heavy pollen in the area right at the moment was after the rains last Saturday. As I walked around the neighborhood water feature, this is what I saw. It was pretty windy that afternoon, too, so, between the earlier rain and then the wind blowing across the water, the accumulated pollen on the water actually created an interesting picture. What I saw was an interesting design made by wind blown pollen on top of the relatively smooth water. But it sure was a lot of pollen. I have since had more proof of how much of that yellow stuff is out there. My nose has been really, really itchy. For those of us who suffer in varying degrees from seasonal allergies, right now there is sufficient reason to complain, maybe. But should we? What would our world be like without this, to us humans, pesky yellow powder? Easy answer. It would be pretty barren, and we would likely be very, very hungry. Pollen is the male plant's DNA which is transported by various means, wind and insects, even birds and humans, to enable a plant to reproduce. It is, in fact, one of the most important aspects in our world's life cycle. When researching pollen on-line, I sadly found this question, "How do you kill pollen?" Someone really wants to know that!? I have dealt with different aspects of spring allergies for most of my life, itchy eyes and nose, sneezing, runny nose, coughing, but I would never, never want to "kill" it. I will just deal with my physical aversions while it lasts the few weeks in the spring and early summer when it is the worst, and then I will spend the rest of the year enjoying the results of that spread of male plant DNA. For those that still feel the need to kill pollen, I would suggest that they find a desert island for a few weeks each year. They won't suffer from pollen related allergies. But they also won't have beautiful flora surrounding them or food to fill their stomachs either. As one article I read about pollen summed it up, it's "worth sneezing for."

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