I recently came across a large Monkey Puzzle tree in Portland, Oregon with some mature seed cones on the lower branches. This allowed me to get some good pictures a good bit closer up than I have in the past.
These cones are about the size of a softball, measuring about 12-15 cm in diameter (4-5 inches). They are a rather peculiar cone for a rather peculiar tree and occur at the terminal ends of this evergreen tree species rather peculiar branches.
This particular tree was rather loaded with the female seed cones as you can see in the image below.
Lodgepole pines after a forest fire - A few weeks ago I visited the site of the 1988 Red Bench Fire on the western edge of Glacier National Park. In an area about 15 miles north of Polebridge I...
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