Thursday, May 13, 2010
the turn of the evergreens
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.