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Monday, June 8, 2009
Another Surprise from the Jack Pine
Do you happen to remember that I'm not a big fan of jack pine? It's usually scrawny, mis-shapen and missing a bunch of its needles. Well, today I had another surprise from the trees growing near the railroad tracks.
The day was gray, and yet bright. We had a lot of rain last night, and everything was wet which sometimes seems to deepen the colors.
All the evergreens are working hard on new growth and new pine cones right now. As I passed those scraggly jack pines I glanced at them, and I guess with new eyes, because here was the delightfully contrasting scene when I focused on the branches.
Here is a closeup of the "clusters." Note the stalks of new, light green needles sprouting from the center of each bunch of baby cones.
And finally, just because I liked how it looked, late this afternoon the fog came in and made everything beyond the quaking aspens disappear!
See New Look at a Jack Pine