Pollen on Sebago Lake

October 19, 2007


Provided by: John Stetson
Summary authors & editors: John Stetson

This picture showing pollen on the waves of Sebago Lake in Maine was taken in the early afternoon of June 16, 2006. It's an example of how a periodic and nonlinear activity or motion can create odd but beautiful patterns. The pollen had been collected by the wind against a retaining wall. Dry, windy weather following a prodigious release of tree or grass pollen allow these minute particles to be readily seen, on cars, for example, but occasionally even on water surfaces.

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