Every year when Spring comes barreling in, we see this little green box on our weather page for a week or so...
...and they're not kidding. Every car in the county looks like this one:
Every flat surface gets a coat, like a dusting of fresh snow. If we get no rain, it builds and builds and builds in the air until you can see it hovering in the stillness, like dust motes in a sunbeam.
This is the table on our deck out back.
At first glance, it may seem like a nice frosted-glass table with a few leaves scattered on it. But, sadly, no. That's a clear-topped table; the "frost" is 2 days-worth of pollen.
You can see it built up along the edge of the glass, and I wiped away a spot so you can see how clear it should be without the pollen.
On second thought, I probably shouldn't have used my hand.
Of course, the owner of this mini-van probably thought the same thing about her kids.
There is pollen on literally EVERYTHING. Even my dog. I rubbed a line down her side, too, so you could see it in her fur. She was out running around the back yard for about ten minutes or so, and came back in with a golden sheen.
I do like the way my neighborhood and my state look with all of the trees, and I love the freshness of the air, too, but my goodness, I could do without the pollen!
(and if you think that was bad: Wait until acorn season. I have seven 70 foot oak trees on my 1/3 acre lot.)