Every day extraordinary (Doug fir)

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  1. hamadryad

    hamadryad Active Member

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    Morrison, CO, USA
    It's just Douglas-fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, but it looked grand at Eldorado Canyon, Colorado, on our hike May 7th. Two stages of male and female cone development that same day, on opposite sides of the trail, gave these shots. Interesting that the female cones (red in the first shot) are uplifted to receive pollen, then once pollinated, develop into young cones that hang downward for maturation.

    Douglas-fir has a broad distribution, but my understanding is that our Rocky Mtn variety is somewhat distinct from the giant west-coast big trees!

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