Pine cone picking in our forrest is a fun family activity. Our land changes so dramatically from season to season and this activity not only gives us supplies for Christmas decorations but it gives us farmers a chance to look at how the land is shaping and see what is happening to the trees. We always get a herd of followers hoping we have brought bread as we use the blue light hours to find our cones.
Our pine cones are quite small even though the trees are still very tall. This is because of the climate. Being so cold things don’t have a lot of time to grow big. So when you see a short tree in Norway it is likely to be very old. In fact, the higher you go in Norway the shorter the trees get. At Northcape there are no trees at all.
This year on our cone picking we got to see a birds-eye view of a magpie’s nest. A big gully is being created on the land because of runoff and several trees have fallen to the ground still growing. It is a problem that we will have to deal with but not until summer. Meanwhile, we quite enjoy having a look inside the nest. It is on the highest branches, about 50cm long, very hard, made with bits and pieces of trees, dirt and I’m guessing bird saliva to stick it all together.
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