Scrub pine (Pinus virginiana
) male cones, taken on Boggs' Rock, Pickens County, South Carolina. These cones are the ones that produce all that pine pollen that bothers so many people. The gray object in the top center is a mature female cone, from 2004 or earlier. See here for a photo including a less mature female cone: www.flickr.com/photos/martinlabar/151070161/
I like the larger sizes, too.