Saturday, March 3, 2012

It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's A...Pine Cone ?

I've seen some really unusual things from Mother Nature, but this is one of the strangest!

I've been around pine trees and pine cones a large part of my life, but thankfully I've never been in a neighborhood where these thing were a problem

Warning over watermelon-sized pine cones
By Gus Goswell
Updated March 02, 2012 14:54:20

PHOTO: The watermelon-sized pine cones weigh up to 10 kilograms each. (Baw Baw Shire Council)

A council in eastern Victoria has issued a warning about potentially dangerous pine cones falling from a tree in the town of Warragul.

The 120-year-old heritage-listed bunya pine in the grounds of the Courthouse Hotel has been dropping huge pine cones.

The Baw Baw Council says they weigh up to 10 kilograms each.

Mayor Diane Blackwood says the cones are potentially lethal.

"These things are enormous," she said.

"They are the size of a watermelon, falling literally out of the sky from potentially 20 metres high.

"So you wouldn't want to be under one, I tell you."

The area was cordoned off while council workers removed the remaining pine cones.

I will say this...even as hard as my ol' head is, I think this might have hurt! Heck, just thinking about it makes my head hurt!

We can have our coffee in the kitchen this morning. Gotta watch the biscuits so they don't burn, OK?


SHARON said...

mmmmmmmmmmmm biscuits! And gravey? Or, just gobs of butter and homemade jelly? Oh my. YUM!

Ben in Texas said...

Breakfast idea sounds good. Think I'll go start my oven heating right now. :-)

BTW, To put those pine cones into American format.

10 kilograms = 22.0462262 pounds

20 meters = 65.6167979 feet

And I wannta see the squirrel that tackles one of those bad boys. 8-)

JOJO said...

Now thats a pine cone! I thought my friend had a big one this sure beats it.

WOW hot biscuits you are so good to us. :)

Anonymous said...

monkey puzzle tree ..we have them in Florida.

Dizzy-Dick said...

I have seen some mighty big pine cones but never any that huge!

HermitJim said...

Hey Sharon...
Either way is good to me! I like 'em both ways, ya know?

Thanks for coming over this morning.

Hey Ben...
No matter how you weigh it, it is big!

If they have squirrels that can carry one of these things, I don't even want to see it!

Thanks, buddy, for coming over today!

Hey JoJo...
Bet mine is bigger than his! Pine cone, that is!

I figure I have to treat you guys right, or else you won't come over any more!

Thanks, sweetie, for coming by today!

Hey Anon 9:41...
I'll have to look that one up! I never heard of it!

Thanks for the info...and for coming by today!

Hey Dizzy...
That's kinda what I thought! Certainly bigger than anything I might have seen before.

Thanks for dropping in today, Dizzy!

Bob Mc said...

We have Sugar Pine here. See here:

The cones are shaped differently, and not quite so heavy, but they still weigh enough when green to put the hurt on you if one lands on your noggin.

Sixbears said...

Imagine that on a Christmas wreath!

HermitJim said...

Hey Bob...
It would still probably feel like a rock if it feel on your head!

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Sixbears...
I'd be afraid that it might just pull the door off the hinges!

Might have to build the wreath in place, ya think?

Thanks for the visit today!

BBC said...


Anonymous said...

Would leave one heckuva mark I agree.