Cone Cluster | Twisp, WA | May 2020
I’m no evergreen botanist — or cone head — so I’m not exactly sure what this mess of alien intestines really is. My own deep research (two Google searches) reveals that these could be young male pollen cones struttin’ their stuff for the more prickly female seed cones. The caress of a light breeze coaxes these trigger-happy fellas to, um, unload their loads of microgametes (sperm cells) to … well, let’s not get seedy in our descriptions. Anyway, a nearby row of five pine trees has a gazillion of these things all tumescent with Spring ardor. Whew … is it getting hot in here, or is it just me?