|Tree with too many cones. Hard to see them, but there are too many!!|
It was raining the day my mom took this first photo, and it was warm and sunny when I took the second pic.
"...cones are open when dry and closed when wet. This assures that the small, wind disseminated seeds will be dispersed during relatively dry weather, and thus, the distance traveled from the parent tree will be enhanced. A pine cone will go through many cycles of opening and closing during its life span, even after seed dispersal is complete. This process occurs with older cones while attached to branches and even after the older cones have fallen..."