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Pinyon Pines grow in the states of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. So it was no coincidence that during my recent road trip I took a good number of photos of these trees, sometimes without intending to do so.

The nuts from Pinyon Pines have been harvested by Native Americans for thousands of years up to the present day, and have been a providential part of their diet especially when game was scarce and other crops were not doing well. Pine nuts are a good source of protein, fat, and fiber, all essentials nutrients for humans.

Pinyon Pine Cones and nuts at Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Pinyon Pine Cones and nuts at Great Sand Dunes National Park.

Great Sand Dunes with Pinyon Pines in foreground. Medano Creek , much thinner at this time of the year runs at the feet of the dunes.

Great Sand Dunes with Pinyon Pines in foreground. Medano Creek , much thinner at this time of the year runs at the feet of the dunes.

Rows of Aspens with Pinyon Pines in foreground, as seen from Dunes Overlook Trail.

Rows of Aspens with Pinyon Pines in foreground, as seen from Dunes Overlook Trail.

Pinyon Pine cones.

Pinyon Pine cones.

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