Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Pinus Pinea [01].

July 08 / Rass el Harf, Lebanon / Canon PowerShot SD 750

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9 Comments:

At 1:38 AM, Blogger Zee said...

These trees are absolutely stunning!
Some kind of cedar trees?
Nice picture _Z!!!!

 
At 11:40 AM, Blogger _z. said...

Zee_

These are pine trees.
Latin name: Pinus Pinea... they grow all over Mount Lebanon, and cover its hills with a beautiful dark green color.

They don't look like this... if you look them up you will notice that they have lower branches, but these guys live in perfect symbiosis with the villagers of mount Lebanon: they chop their lower branches for fire, and heat, rendering them in the shape you see them in the photo (umbrella like)... The canopy then provides shade, and in case of low fires, the tree is then protected...

As kids we used to play under their shade, collecting edible and delicious pine seeds that fall to the floor.
We carved our names on their skins, and collected the resin that came out of their trunks... we made glue with it...

 
At 2:28 PM, Blogger Tony Bey said...

We also would use the dry pine needles to start a fire and bake potatoes in it. The smoky aroma is unique.

 
At 8:05 PM, Blogger poshlemon said...

raw3a :)

 
At 6:11 AM, Anonymous roni said...

I used to make necklaces with their spiky leaves, for girls in my class... sort of trying to seduce them :) Those necklaces never lasted more then 1 hour on their necks though ! wonder why ...

 
At 8:09 AM, Blogger Liliane said...

majestic

 
At 5:18 PM, Blogger Krys said...

man!! it always feel nice to take a peek over here ;)

 
At 6:09 AM, Blogger shoesthatfit said...

i also like the energy of the sky. like hope and destruction. cool shot!

 
At 3:11 AM, Blogger Lirun said...

every time i see ur art im blown away.. please publish a book..

 

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