Summer Pine Cone, Horsford Woods

Summer Pine Cone

Summer acorn, this little Pine Cone was by its lonesome at Horsford Woods, Norfolk, UK. This shot was captured during July 2016 on a beautiful summers day.

A cone (in formal botanical usage: strobilus, plural strobili) is an organ on plants in the division Pinophyta (conifers) that contains the reproductive structures. The familiar woody cone is the female cone, which produces seeds. The male cones, which produce pollen, are usually herbaceous and much less conspicuous even at full maturity. The name “cone” derives from the fact that the shape in some species resembles a geometric cone. The individual plates of a cone are known as scales.

The male cone (microstrobilus or pollen cone) is structurally similar across all conifers, differing only in small ways (mostly in scale arrangement) from species to species. Extending out from a central axis are microsporophylls (modified leaves). Under each microsporophyll is one or several microsporangia (pollen sacs).

The female cone (megastrobilus, seed cone, or ovulate cone) contains ovules which, when fertilized by pollen, become seeds. The female cone structure varies more markedly between the different conifer families, and is often crucial for the identification of many specianous of conifers.

Horsford

A village six miles north of Norwich, England which is surrounded by the Horsford Forest and is named after the dried up section of the River Hor. It’s population has seen a steady increase since the Second World War, growing from 750 in 1945 to just under 4000 today (2001 census).

There are various explanations of the village name. It is usually said to derive from ‘horse ford’, but it has also been suggested that it comes from the River Hor on which the village stands (more usually known to locals as ‘the Beck’). A third explanation is that it comes from Horsa, the name of a Saxon chief.

The surrounding Horsford Forest has been designated a County Wildlife Site. The rare Silver-Studded Blue butterfly has a colony in this Forest. – Wikipedia

Photography Tips:

This particular image was captured laying on the ground in Horsford Woods. You never know what to expect shooting landscapes, so dress for all weather. Waterproof trousers are highly recommended, that way you can get as dirty as you like. Landscape photographs don’t always have to be big and airy, they can also be in a mini\macro form.