Pollen Concentration on Sebago Lake, Maine

July 12, 2013

Pollen on Sebago Lake2

: John Stetson
Summary Authors: John Stetson; Jim Foster

The photo above shows a yellowish foamy substance covering a cove in Sebago Lake, Maine. This is tree pollen. After the annual spring release of powdery pollen by both conifers (primarily pine pollen) and deciduous trees (mainly oaks and maples), windy weather gathered much of it into ponds and lake surfaces. A northwest wind concentrated the minute pollen grains on the lake's eastern shore. Though these grains all missed their targets, the immeasurable number of pollen grains released ensures that pollination will occur. Photo taken on June 17, 2013.

Photo Details: Camera Maker: Apple; Camera Model: iPhone 4; Focal Length: 3.9mm (35mm equivalent: 35mm); Aperture: f/2.8; Exposure Time: 0.0011 s (1/906); ISO equiv: 80; Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4 Macintosh.