Pine Trees always represent safety to me. Growing up in Colorado where pine trees are plentiful they have always represented safety from the elements to me. Sitting under a pine tree in a summer storm will keep you perfectly dry. You will notice all sorts of birds and small animals use them during this time also. Living on the plains, as I do now I miss all those pines so I decided to commemorate them with this design.
In designing this pattern, I found that the normal center decrease did not stand out like I wanted the center truck to stand out so I made it a bit thicker using some different center decreases. I also modified a pine cone pattern quite a bit to come up with the pine cone I am using.