One of my favorite things
I love pine cones - I think they are always beautiful and interesting, and always so varied depending on what species of evergreen they are found. As I was (belatedly) taking the ornaments off my Christmas tree, I was delighted to see that the tree had many small, gorgeous little cones, all perfectly formed and partially opened. They were only an inch or perhaps 1 and 1/2 inches from top to bottom, giving them a very delicate appearance. We didn’t notice them when we were trimming the tree because of their small size and location back in the branches, closer to the tree trunk than the outer tips of the branches. They were hard to spot because of the thick distribution of the tree’s needles and the slightly green cast of many of the cones. This is the first time I have found cones on a Christmas tree, maybe because I just didn’t see them on earlier trees, or maybe because this tree was a Scotch pine and not the usual Fraser or Canaan Firs which we have chosen in past years. I carefully picked all the little cones I found, 23 in all, and have them in a glass vase where I can enjoy looking at them. I expect if I looked some more I could find additional ones. I am still feeling so pleased to have found them. It was truly an unexpected, fun experience. I do have a cone collection of sorts, and always enjoy adding different ones to my collection. This is something that is so enjoyable about observing things in our natural world that we don’t expect or are surprised by. You never know what you might see just by looking carefully.