Pine cones mature, lose moisture and gradually change color from green to brown. When they reach a certain point of dehydration, they will open just a few scales at the time, beginning at the top of the cone. As the scales open seeds are released. On a rare occassion in a milder climate if the weather heats them up suddenly enough, they will crack open by the masses, making a very rare, exciting sound. My eyes are wide open, loving the laughter of my friends, the sights and sounds of the exotic and the comforting. The colors of San Francisco, cracklingpine.
Photo by Bronwyn Burnett