These female cones are new this year. They are about 1/2 inch/one or two cm in length. Over the next two years, if all goes well, they will change into mature female cones, the kind most of us know as "pine cones." Axel tells me that this is Pinus banksiana
. However, I've also gotten a comment that it's Pinus virginiana
. See this photo: www.flickr.com/photos/martinlabar/148105096/
for a photo of male cones, taken in the same location. There's also a mature female cone in that photo. See the previous photo in our photostream for a 2005 female cone. Boggs' rock is an area where you can see the living community in the process of taking over a bare rock. See larger sizes for more detail.