112|365 Pine Catkins (4/26/11)
The Digital Photography School theme this week is trees so I went to my front yard and took pictures of cute, little, baby pine cones. Turns out these are male pine cones.
Pine trees possess both male and female reproductive structures, or cones. Both male and female cones are on the same tree. …The male cones, also known as catkins, are present only during the spring of the year when they are producing pollen. They do not look like the pine cones many are familiar with, but are long thin structures that are soft and located in clusters on the branches. (Source: How Do Pine Trees Reproduce?)
I had no idea.