SoftwoodsClick on any image for a larger view.
PineI love how you can see the individual cell walls on the higher magnification image. Click on the image to view. The cell walls are about seven microns wide.
Pine (fast grown, from brazil)
CedarI was unable to get a completely clean cut off the end of the cedar. The cedar fibers are tough yet compress easily, which makes it hard to get a clean cut. A piece of cedar, when bent, will often kink and buckle rather than snap apart.
Spruce, fast grown
It's interesting how the softwoods are very different from all the hardwoods. They are indeed a very different species from trees with leaves. I don't see nearly as many pores in the softwood.
See also:Macro photographing woods