Tuesday, September 2, 2014

What I See: White Pine Tree

(Topic credit: Jabo credited Jhunt for this idea: http://www.bubblews.com/news/6302005-jabo039s-what-i-see . Image credit: Morguefile.com didn't have the precise image I wanted; this one, shared by GaborFromHungary, actually shows a different kind of pine trees, and they're much older.)

What I see when I look up from the computer is a window. Windows are not for looking at. Windows are for looking through. What I see through this window is a white pine tree.

Web pages that show information about Pinus strobus always seem to mention that it can become the biggest pine tree in eastern North America, when mature.

The white pine tree I see is not mature. It was planted as cover when slanting ground was broken to construct this building in the 1980s. It is one of a group of young white pine trees, probably about twenty feet tall.

The ground under these trees is reddish with "pine straw." If you were walking under the trees, you'd smell fragrant pine resin as your feet crushed the fallen pine needles, and even if you didn't feel or see a wind, you'd probably hear the distinctive sound wind makes in white pine trees.

White pine trees have some uses: very young and small specimens make nice Christmas trees, mature specimens make good lumber, and people have even eaten the inner bark of white pine trees as a survival food. But there is no hurry to make "use" of white pine trees. People enjoy them while they're still growing.