Male Spruce Flower

Daily Image - 19 May 2011 - Male Spruce Flower

For a very brief period of time each year the male Spruce flowers turn this beautiful shade of red, before assuming their natural brown cones. Spruce is monoecious.  Male and female flower buds open in May.  The pendant male flowers are bright red; female flowers are erect and bright green tinged with purple.

Sony A-900 – Tamron 90mm f2.8 Macro – ISO 200 – f11 – 1/20


About gerrycurry

Gerry Curry was educated at Toronto’s Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology, where he received a diploma in Fine Arts - Photography. Gerry is a certified Apple Computer Systems Engineer by profession and as an independent consultant has worked with the graphic arts and pre-press industry, both in south-western Ontario and Nova Scotia, Canada, for over 26 years. He has been at the forefront of digital imaging from its inception. Gerry teaches primary computer systems maintenance, advanced colour calibration and colour management courses for graphic design, digital fine art and photography students as well as professionals. For several years, in the 80's he was an annual guest lecturer on user-based computer maintenance at the Rochester Institute of Technology - College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. Gerry now lives on the southwestern tip of Nova Scotia, close to Yarmouth, where he shares 30 acres close to the sea with his wife Nancy and their English and Welsh Springer Spaniels. Gerry enjoys tinkering with computers, working his dogs, flyfishing, writing and of course, photography.
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3 Responses to Male Spruce Flower

  1. Simon Jones says:

    nice shot—and learned something new about the spruce!!

  2. Vivian Murphy says:

    Oh, I wonder if Eve is the reason male flowers & bids are prettier than females,is it because she picked the fruit & all Adam did was eat it?
    Pretty picture,Gerry. Enjoying your daily blog very much!

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