The sugar pine, which grows in Oregon and California, produces the longest seed cones of any pine -- typically 10-20 inches long, but sometimes even longer! This detail captures the patterns within this marvel of Nature's engineering.
Date: July 2, 2006
Time: 5:54 p.m. PDT
Location: Big Trees Trail, Sequoia National Park, California
Camera: Kodak Z650 Zoom Digital
ISO setting: 160
Focal length: 21 mm
Exposure time: 1/40 second