Fortunately it has never affected me, just a nuisance and changing the car filters.I read an interesting article last year - I think it was a link that somebody posted here. It said that pine pollen was the visible evidence that we see, but it probably wasn't what makes us sneeze. It went on to explain that pine pollen is relatively big and heavy, so it falls quickly, heavily coats everything and doesn't travel very far. But the main irritants are the smaller types of pollen from other trees that come at the same time of the year, stay airborne longer and travel long distances.
Or this?I'm into botany, and noticed that there are still many plants I study that are behind in seed maturity. Something is up. A change is coming.
There have been virtually no acorns at all in my oak-pine woods this year. The difference is really striking compared to other years, almost never heard them dropping on the roof or car.
Most or our pollen comes from Oaks as I have very few pines left from the beetle invasion. A couple of nice sized ones hang on, but the tell tale holes are there. Some white pine I planted as seedlings are doing well, candles on almost every branch. I think the pollen is there, just that the rains have washed it, same with the catkins, lots on the ground and rain gutters but hardly any falling today. The Jeep is a very light green.But... what does it say about the state of the pine trees? And is the lack of pollen related to this?
It opened up this morning when the winds began; you can see it in the air, just like the good old days. The asphalt is turning a paler shade of green, the windows are closed and the Jeeps ventilation has been turned to recycle. So much for my rain theory clearing things out.So, perhaps it's still a little too early for the "all clear" signal? But it sure seems unusally light to me. And I'm thankful for that.