Back from the Bush
Do you know what this is?
Found on the forest floor when I was away on a Retreat!
It's a Kauri Cone, a female one.
As a pine tree has a pine cone or pine nut as it is sometimes called, the kauri tree in New Zealand has a kauri cone.
Unfortunately this one had dropped off the tree, probably due to the hot dry weather and wind we have been having of late.
They are supposed to remain up in the canopy until they are ready to open up and disperse their seeds.
When that happens one of these grow.
After a thousand years or so!
It helps put life into prospective....all this without the internet!