Monday, November 30, 2009

Pine Cone Wonder

So that's how they do it!

OK, so I live such a secluded life that I never knew how pine cones get to be pine cones. But here they are--female pinaceae cones right in front of my camera lens--lifting overlapping scales (I googled Wikipedia) from a central axis. The scales open temporarily to receive pollen, then close during fertilization and maturation. At maturity, they re-open again to allow the seed to escape.

Just in time for Christmas wreaths and decorations, fire starters, bird feeders, and toys.


Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Love pinecones... what an amazing work of art!

Lorlee said...

Amazing, I never knew they did that -- only have seen them fully open.


Dimple said...

Beautiful. I didn't know, either! I love learning new things from my blogger friends!