Wednesday, February 23, 2011

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Most people have heard of the great Redwood trees, which stand over 280 feet tall. These beautiful trees are monstrous. While these amazing tall Redwoods are fairly well known throughout the world, most have not heard of the Pitch Pine. In contrast, it is pygmy pine tree, not growing more than 5 to 6 feet tall. In the NJ Pine Barrens, with the sandy, nutrient-poor soil, plants have difficulty growing resulting in a unique drafted forest of evergreens. The Pitch Pines are scrawny, god ugly, trees which rely on the strong heat of frequent fires to open the tightly closed pine cones.

12 comments:

Kimberly said...

Well isn't that a really cool fact!

Catherine said...

What a moody shot! Thanks for the explanation!

Norwegian Phoenix said...

Interesting fact and what a great shot!

Gretchen said...

Well... you've made those "scrawny, god ugly, trees" BEAUTIFUL!!!

Kelly said...

Very cool. Love the shot.

Chelsea said...

Great info, love the composition of the shot!

Melissa said...

You learn something new all the time! I love how the needles look whispy in the bottom third of the photo.

The Clip Cafe said...

hehe thanks for the facts! And love the shot. (just lol because i thought exactly what everyone else was thinking).

snapshots2011 said...

You are such a wealth of knowledge! You are officially my phone a friend if I ever get on millionaire...lol

Amanda said...

I learned something new today! Thanks. Love the shot!

Janell said...

that's interesting. I like the isolation of the pinecone.

Karin said...

What an interesting story to go along with the picture.

The picture is beautiful - especially in b&w.