Got pollen? – Every spring, a yellow blanket of pine pollen descends on the country. For some it's a sign of spring. To others it signifies the start of allergy season. "I don't mind it, because it's a sign of life," says iReporter Tracy Bond of Huntsville, Alabama.
Got pollen? – Lauren Shorter of Anderson, South Carolina, has bad allergies during the spring. "My eyes become so irritated and red sometimes they almost swell shut at times," she says. "I love being outside, but after a full day of outdoor activities I am pretty miserable by that night. I have never prayed for rain as much as I do when everything is covered in yellow."
Got pollen? – Amber Victoria took this photo outside her apartment in Marietta, Georgia. "Whenever I see the yellow blanket, I know my first spring sinus infection won't be far behind," she says. "I take allergy medication but I feel like it only does so much against the pollen onslaught."
Got pollen? – @cannonjw posted this photo on Twitter on April 11, writing, "Annual rite of passage in the South in the spring ... pollen so thick you can see the footprints in it." He took the photo outside in Roswell, Georgia.
Got pollen? – John Fiorentino says he traded the "white blanket of snow" for the "yellow blanket" of pollen when his family moved from northern New York to Raleigh, North Carolina, where he took this photo. "I sure don't miss the six months of snow, although the heat and pollen bring challenges all their own."
Got pollen? – @Taversha posted this photo to Twitter on April 11 with the caption: "A cup ring of pollen!"
Got pollen? – Melissa Blankenberg took this photo at Lake Wylie in South Carolina and posted it to Twitter. "The yellow blanket means to me springtime has arrived and summer is around the corner," she says.
Got pollen? – David Hopper had just washed and waxed his truck when the pollen arrived to add a nice yellow sheen. "I realize that pollination is a necessary thing for plants, flowers, grasses, weeds and trees, but I very much dislike the itchy eyes, sinus headaches (and) stuffy, runny nose that result," the McDonough, Georgia, resident says. "That yellow coating is just an ugly reminder to restock the medicine cabinet."
Got pollen? – Melissa Rutledge took this photo of pollen floating in water after a solid rain in Atlanta. She's not allergic to pollen, she says, and she's lived in Georgia her entire life. "I think (pollen is) awesome because it's the first real sign of spring."