Saturday, December 09, 2006

the big Cone


the big Cone, originally uploaded by freestone.

the big Cone
a huge pine cone resting on a cut oak stump. This pinecone must be over six inches tall, and this is the "shortleaf" pine. The "longleaf" pine has needles that are about 10 inches long, the shortleaf has needles about six inches long.
Both pines are a feature of this area of the subtropics; one wonders why pine trees grow so good in the subtropics?
100 days a year, here, of 90 degree days per year, 30 days a year of 95 or higher!
Has to do with the pine tree having a taproot, a root that goes down to the water table that could be 20 feet below the surface, the soil tends to be sandy. In fact on the sandhills south of the city, there are Prickly Pear cactus plants, even at the 60 inches of rain per year: the rain just sifts down quickly, thus pine trees are at an advantage!

Tallahassee, florida, usa.

Uploaded by freestone on 8 Dec '06, 10.39am EST.