National Geographic : 1936 Mar
© National Geographic Society SOME SUGAR PINE CONES GROW 20 INCHES LONG: THE SMALLER ONES HERE ARE FROM THE JEFFREY PINE Cross sections of coniferous "life zones" rising from the foothills to the Sierra crest afford an ideal laboratory for tree study. Whitebark pines grow up to 10,500 feet. The seeds underlie the cone's woody scales. Finlay Photographs by B.Anthony Stewart "CHERRY-RIPE, RIPE,RIPE ICRY, FULL AND FAIR ONES; COME AND BUY!" (Robert Herrick) Uniform in size, thisfine fruit ispacked ineven rows, like eggs. For centuries men have prized cherry brandy, and craftsmen have carved cherry tree wood and eventhe stones.