Shaun found this Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa) during his trip to Plains, Montana (USA), last May, along the banks of the Clark Fork River. This is from the only subspecies (ponderosa) that has this beautiful reddish purple coloring in the immature cones. They will later turn yellow. The Ponderosa Pine is distinguished by its long, flat needles and cones that cluster around a stalk, like flowers.
Pinus ponderosa is a dominant tree in the Kuchler plant association, the Ponderosa shrub forest. Like most western pines, the ponderosa is associated with mountainous topography. It is found on the Black Hills and on foothills and mid-height peaks of the northern, central and southern Rocky Mountains as well as the Cascades and Sierra Nevada, and the Maritime Coast Range Ponderosa Pine forests. [from the wikipedia article]
Photo taken by Shaun Emerson, on May 29, 2011 with a Nikon Coolpix P90 camera. Photo is “as is”, straight from the camera.
ExposureTime – 1/46.3 seconds
FNumber – 5.00
ISOSpeedRatings – 64
MaxApertureValue – F 2.83
FocalLength – 75.70 mm