Longleaf Pine

I shot this photograph while touring the coastal plain of South Carolina. The Longleaf pine, Pinus palustris, is the probably the most majestic of the natives of the forest of the savanna reaching heights of 100 feet. The natural resistance to forest fires creates this particular habitat above of wide open spaces and pine needle beds. Early settlers of the states released their hogs to feed beneath these trees and the hogs took to the environment nibbling away at the saplings causing a disruption in the ecosystem. This disruption and endangerment to the tree, introduced by man, has consequences that continue today. One emergency that comes to mind is the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker, which is dependent upon this beauty for her seeds. But, don’t stop here if you are reading this post. There is so much interesting information available on the web including Wikipedia about this tree. The Longleaf Alliance might make a better read on this subject than my attempt here today, as well. Please go see.

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One thought on “Longleaf Pine

  1. Hi. I love your picture of South Carolina pines and wanted to know if I could copy the image to a facebook page. A musician is looking for photos that remind them of wind in the trees (pines) and if you post a picture you can possibly win a cd of their music.I thought your picture is lovely and wanted to post it for my entry. I realize that most people may not ask, but i don’t want to infringe on anyone. I will only post it if it’s okay with you.
    Deanne

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