Today’s Trees: Pines (species Pinus)
With fewer light hours following work to take photos combined with 3 days of fog and a crazy-and-a-half day, the best I could manage is a few pics of a small pine in the woods.
I am not ashamed to admit I cannot determine what type of pine this is based on my half-baked photos, but at least I can post a bit about the types of pines found commonly in Northwestern Washington.
1) The lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) can be identified by having 2 needles per bundle and hard cones with a prickle at the end of each scale.
2) The western white pine (Pinus monticola) have needles that occur 5 per bundle and narrow, woody cones. This is probably the most likely candidate for my pics.
3) Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) I have seen on my island occasionally, but most in the Pacific NW live up in the mountain ranges. Their needles grow 3 per bundle. The ponderosa was my favorite tree in New Mexico, and I will never forget the butterscotch perfume of its trunk.
Now for a few fungi pics from today. They are blatantly abundant in such diversity this year I cannot walk more than a few feet at a time without being confronted with fascinating forms and musky odor of maturing mushrooms.