Exploring Fabius Township and St. Joseph County, Michigan, with side trips all over this Great Lakes state

Thursday, May 13, 2010

the turn of the evergreens

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The Red Pine is going crazy producing these beautiful coral young cones.  In researching I discovered that these are male cones.  The Wikipedia article on pine cones is quite good, by the way.  (My companion the librarian cautions care always with Wikipedia and misses the shelves of reference books he once had at his finger tips.)  In another article I found out that pine comes via Latin and the French pin, while fir comes from Old Norse.  I hope I don't bore you with my researching.
While posting this photo and exploring other blogs this morning, I have been watching a lone doe in the meadow, most often standing still in the rain and once lying down under a tree before wandering off.   I was positive she was getting ready to give birth and had camera ready!  She obviously desired privacy for this event.


  1. I LOVE your research. Anything 'nature' has me, hook, line, and sinker. Also, I hope for you, that the doe drops her fawns and brings them out for you to see in a few more weeks. They are born at the edge of my woods each spring and I love when she hides them separately, for their protection. Once she hid a fawn under my large rhubarb leaves.
    Enjoy your spring beauties

  2. Dar you must have huge rhubarb plants! I must get some more manure for mine.
    So far no fawn visible anywhere near. :(