Still in archives.
Inspired by Gary’s Life in Photos, I dug out this shot of a cone from somewhere in the Sierras….. (I remember being corrected by my late husband when referring to a cone that didn’t come from a pine as a “pine-cone”. Just another logger showing off how much more he knew about the woods than a greenhorn like me! That didn’t take a whole lot!)
I loved this post because it created quite a bit of discussion. First, there was the question of whether it wasn’t actually a flower from Newsferret, which sent me down a trail of discovery. Gary’s comment started the explanation, then this morning my plant expert, Moriah, added this:
“That is a cone, but it’s the male pollen cone.
The typical “pine cone” is the female structure.
Going back ridiculously far in memory. Pine trees are gymnosperms and
flowering plants are angiosperm.”
“But it was Aldo’s pen that became his most forceful tool. He started a newsletter for rangers called the Carson Pine Cone. Aldo used it to “scatter seeds of knowledge, encouragement, and enthusiasm.” Most of the Pine Cone’s articles, poems, jokes, editorials, and drawings were Aldo’s own. His readers soon realized that the forest animals were as important to him as the trees. His goal was to bring back the “flavor of the wilds.”
― Marybeth Lorbiecki, Things Natural, Wild, and Free: The Life of Aldo Leopold