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Frozen pineneedles

Frozen pineneedles
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Copyright: Nel Diepstraten (NellyD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 0 N: 445] (1783)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-26
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon 350D
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Christmas holiday Germany 2006
Date Submitted: 2007-02-01 8:46
Viewed: 4681
Points: 24
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During my walk in Germany last year, on the day that everything was covered in frost, there were also a lot also a lot of pinetrees. And because it was Christmas time I couldn' t leave without taking a picture of these frozen pineneedles.
I like the way they looked like this, but I also thought about using this image for a Christmascard this year. What do you think?

From the internet:

Pines are coniferous trees of the genus Pinus, in the family Pinaceae. There are about 115 species of pine, although different authors accept anything from 105 to 125 species.

Subgenus Strobus (white or soft pines). Cone scale without a sealing band. Umbo terminal. Seedwings adnate. One fibrovascular bundle per leaf.
Subgenus Ducampopinus (pinyon, lacebark and bristlecone pines). Cone scale without a sealing band. Umbo dorsal. Seedwings articulate. One fibrovascular bundle per leaf.
Subgenus Pinus (yellow or hard pines). Cone scale with a sealing band. Umbo dorsal. Seedwings articulate. Two fibrovascular bundles per leaf.

Pines are evergreen and resinous. The bark of most pines is thick and scaly, but some species have thin, flaking bark. The branches are produced in regular "pseudowhorls", actually a very tight spiral but appearing like a ring of branches arising from the same point. Many pines are uninodal, producing just one such whorl of branches each year, from buds at the tip of the year's new shoot, but others are multinodal, producing two or more whorls of branches per year. The spiral growth of branches, needles and cone scales are arranged in Fibonacci number ratios. The new spring shoots are sometimes called "candles"; they are light-colored and point upward at first, then later darken and spread outward. These "candles" offer foresters a means to evaluate fertility of the soil and vigour of the trees.

Pines have four types of leaves. Seedlings begin with
a whorl of 4-20 seed leaves (cotyledons), followed immediately by juvenile leaves on young plants, 2-6 cm long, single, green or often blue-green, and arranged spirally on the shoot. These are replaced after six months to five years by scale leaves, similar to bud scales, small, brown and non-photosynthetic, and arranged like the juvenile leaves; and the adult leaves or needles, green (photosynthetic), bundled in clusters (fascicles) of (1-) 2-5 (-6) needles together, each fascicle produced from a small bud on a dwarf shoot in the axil of a scale leaf. These bud scales often remain on the fascicle as a basal sheath. The needles persist for 1.5-40 years, depending on species. If a shoot is damaged (e.g. eaten by an animal), the needle fascicles just below the damage will generate a bud which can then replace the lost growth.

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Hello Nel,

Perfect colors Bg POV DOF perfect details very crisp excllent composed and capture photo nice work,

TFS Kyle

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-02-01 9:23]

Hello Nel,
Very nice close up.Well seen and composed.I liked POV,framing,DOF you managed and visual impact a lot.

Hi Nel ,
very nice focus and great details.
well composed.
thanks and regards

Perfectos detalles y agradable presentación. Los colores son magníficos con una nitidez extraordinaria.
Saludos Nel.
Juan Luis.

Oh dear Nel,

I think the trees U photoed here are not pines, but firs. Pines - at least here - have longer needles. Both fir and pine are "naaldhout"...
and and are in the family Pinaceae; confusion is easy.

Here is some info that may help:

And finally the Red Spruce is the provincial tree opf Nova Scotia... ;)

Hope this helps, J.

PS Now a request, pray tell when will you show us a nice colourful "shades of summer" shot?
It's so miserable here that I have a hard time looking at all that frozen stuff ;) Unless it has a bit of colour of course...

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-02-01 12:48]

Hola Nel,
Buenos detalles de esta macro y efectos del frío sobre las ramas... buen pov. y buena nota informativa... saludos

Hello Nel,
The frost makes the pine look like a tree called silver fir where the needles actually are gray instead of green!
Macro work is well done, well framed with good colours!
Pablo -

Hoi Nel,
Prachtig hoe de dennenaalden wit uit zijn geslagen van de vorst. Het maakt het contrast tussen het mooie warme bruine hout en de witachtige naalden erg mooi. Je compositie is goed, maar de foto had wel iets scherper gemogen en een iets kleiner diafragma had ook geholpen.

:) later

Hello Nel,
This is a nice macro with good composition and details. I like this very natural color. As it for the Christmas card, it would have been better with snow on it in my opinion :) Well done and thanks,

beautiful photo, I love the close up of the needles and the sharpness of the photo. TFS
donna :o)

thanks for your comments on my photo "an Ice Storm " :o)

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-02-03 14:15]

Hi Nel.
Branches captured on your photograph aren't pine-tree,but spruce.Near me it looks as blue spruce-silver (Picea pungens),maybe.
No matter what so or so your capture is well composed with great details and beautiful nature colours.Very good exposure.
Well done,nice work.
TFS and best greetings,

Belle photo de ces branches gelée,belle composition,bons détails et bien nets. Amitiés Thomas

Love your notes. Highly educative.
Very sharp image. Very well composed.
Its presentation is quite unique; very "crisp".
Excellent clarity; well focused too.
Best regards,

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