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Pine pollen leaves gold dust all over

Photos by Luke Horton

Above: A pine “pollen cone” from a tree in Lincoln County. The male pine cone contains scales with pollen sacks. They are responsible for much of the yellow powder covering just about everything outside. Below: Pollen accumulates on a Brookhaven pond Wednesday. The pollen forecast for today is a bit lower at 8.1 (medium-high) due to a chance of rain and storms.