Italian Alder winter buds

Italian Alder winter buds

Observation - Italian Alder winter buds. Description: Even though it's late December, they still have some leaves. The buds always look as though someone with long fingernails has pinched them, leaving a slight groove along the centre. Apologies for photos not being very clear, it's a camera-phone an

Even though it's late December, they still have some leaves.

The buds always look as though someone with long fingernails has "pinched" them, leaving a slight groove along the centre.

Apologies for photos not being very clear, it's a camera-phone and doesn't have macro...

EDIT: added photo of catkins.