Pollen Floating on Sebago Lake

July 23, 2018

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Photographer: John Stetson 
Summary Author: John Stetson; Jim Foster

Shown above is a swirl of pollen on Sebago Lake, Maine. Pollen has a system of air bags, and so it can float. On this late spring day a west wind pushed enough pollen (mostly pine pollen) to the eastern shore of the lake to create numerous, densely concentrated pockets -- little galaxies of pollen. Of course, lake water isn't a targeted area of the pollen, but because the amount released is so prolific some is bound to become a nutritious source of food for fish. Photo taken on June 11, 2018.

Photo Details: Camera: NIKON D700; Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4 Macintosh; Exposure Time: 0.010s (1/100); Aperture: ƒ/20.0; ISO equivalent: 200; Focal Length (35mm): 21