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By pamelajean
Continuing my abstract series.

Iím sure a lot of you guessed what this is.
Itís a close-up of the beautiful scales of a closed pine cone.

The main function of a pine cone is to keep a pine treeís seeds safe. They close their scales to protect the seeds from cold temperatures, wind and even animals that might try to eat them. They open up and release their seeds when it is warm and it is easier for the seed to germinate.

I appreciate the interest and response to my previous shot of the canal narrowboat.


Tags: Female Botanical Specialist and abstract Plates Scales Conifer Pine tree gymnosperm pinophyta monoecious strobilus

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banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4255 Canada
25 Nov 2020 3:59PM
Easier to identify in the thumbnail, but full size could be rocks, etc.
chase Plus
15 2.2k 566 England
25 Nov 2020 4:10PM

Quote: but full size could be rocks

Or cobbles.
Lovely natural textures.
Saastad 2 16 15 Norway
25 Nov 2020 4:15PM
Lovely abstract photo with fine texture!

Arne Smile
mac Plus
19 12 Scotland
25 Nov 2020 4:38PM
I do not think I would have recognized them, without the into' notes, Pamela. Your notes are quite interesting, as it explains a lot about their life cycle. Beautiful details in your close-up.
viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2020 4:43PM
I thought you had found a tortoise. Beautiful patterns and textures Pamela.

25 Nov 2020 4:53PM
I didn't guess but have been fascinated recently by the bark of some of the very old trees in the park opposite. Lovely shot.
Fefe Plus
9 57 36 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2020 5:05PM
Great detail Pamela Grin
JuBarney Plus
10 34 5 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2020 5:25PM
Nice abstract; had me fooled
25 Nov 2020 5:29PM
A nice image, and inspiring too. Thanks for your info as well, really adds to the 'experience' of viewing an image (IMHO) Wink
jacomes Plus
6 28 39 Portugal
25 Nov 2020 5:48PM
Super abstract from nature Pamela. Great texture and colour, which latter is enriched against a black ground.
saltireblue Plus
11 12.0k 75 Norway
25 Nov 2020 6:13PM
I thought the were rocks in salt fooled most of us today, Pamela!
25 Nov 2020 6:50PM
Excellent details and textures, Pamela.SmileSmile
gconant Plus
10 31 1 United States
25 Nov 2020 7:30PM
A fantastic macro image of this pine cone Pamela Jean !!
. . . . And some great info as well.

LynneJoyce Plus
13 22 101 United Kingdom
25 Nov 2020 7:39PM
Lovely textures.
Brilliant abstract

capto Plus
9 6.7k 25 United Kingdom
26 Nov 2020 5:15PM
Not sure I've seen them as a close up before, a great idea.Smile
Mike_Smith Plus
14 785 2 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2020 7:07PM
On first seeing this I thought it was a dry stone wall lol. But a fantastic image Pam, some really nice detail in it
Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2020 10:38PM
a very impressive macro Pamela
I know a few Cross Bills that would love to open those up
2 Dec 2020 1:50AM
I did get the pine cone, Pamela. And sometimes, it needs a forest fire to release the seed.

TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
3 Dec 2020 11:15AM
I somehow missed this! 😬 A lovley close-up, Pamela, wonderful tones and textures 😃👍
Trev 😀
5 Dec 2020 3:42AM
Peter is right , the Jack pine and lodge pole pine both need a forest fire to release their seeds from that protective layer . Great idea for macro and fascinating discussion.
Cheers Walt
5 Dec 2020 5:06PM
Great abstract image, not that easy to identify, Pam
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
5 Dec 2020 5:26PM
Makes a remarkable composition... Good eye Pam.
I like it a lot. Isabel GrinGrinGrin
BobbyMS Plus
4 4 1
2 Jan 2021 4:39PM
I thought it looked like loaves of bread! In any case, a finely textured image that is smack in the middle of your personal photographic "style". Enjoyed it!

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