Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Everything is Yellow
It is that time again in Atlanta when the pines try and reproduce. Everything is yellow. Every flat surface outside is covered in a heavy layer of yellow pine pollen. When you drive out of the driveway you can see the trail of your tires in the pollen and you leave a swirl billowing up behind you like racing down an unpaved country road. This goes on for a couple of weeks in the first part of April and it means shutting all the windows and just hunkering down until the trees stop shedding and a good spring rain washes it all away in rivers of yellow. The good thing is that pine pollen is large and therefore not the type that whacks people with allergies though there is plenty of oak and gum pollen for that as well. The pollen count yesterday was 1700.