2011 January 28

Part of the 365 Days project.

This is a cone from a Coulter Pine or Big-cone Pine (Pinus coulteri). It is native to the coastal mountains of southern California. Coulter Pines produce the largest cones of any pine tree species. These spiny cones are 20-40 cm (8-16 in) long, and weigh 2-5 kg (4-10 lbs) when fresh. People are actually advised to wear hardhats when working in Coulter Pine groves, and the large size of the cones has earned them the nickname “widowmakers” among locals.

I brought it back from Mt. Wilson whilst I was working at the observatory near Los Angeles. I probably broke all sorts of quarantine laws in the process, but I wanted one to keep.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coulter_Pine

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Posted in Photography.

Steven Hale leads the operation and development of the international Birmingham Solar Oscillations Network (BiSON), a global network of automated robotic solar telescope run by the University of Birmingham in the UK. His research interests are instrumentation and electronics, and high-resolution optical spectroscopy techniques. In his spare time he has many interests including photography and aviation, and has a private helicopter license rated on the Robinson R22 and R44 aircraft.

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