Look at these magnificent speckled alder flowers that hang in catkins. They're exquisitely and surprisingly colorful - they've been ripening and opening from the top down, creating a variegated texture. I usually miss seeing them because they're hanging over the water's edge, above my usual sight line. They're also reasonably small (about 2 inches max), so their showiness isn't blatant.
They're one of the early spring bloomers that we don't notice, except maybe by sneezing!
Nature's very own dangly earrings! Wouldn't they look great in gold?