The pussy willows are at their wonderful best around Musselburgh at the moment.
The catkins on different trees mature at different times, here are some very young male catkins on a tree near the Boating Pond
amazing photos on the UK Microscopy site.)
Of course, pussy willows aren't the only trees with catkins. There are lots of alder trees around Musselburgh Lagoons and the John Muir Walkway (a natural place for them as they are, like willows, trees of damp soils. The alders look lovely at the minute, they have male catkins and female cones on the same tree
And all the time, I was surrounded by the glorious sound of skylarksong.