According to local legend, when one sees this many cones at the top of spruce trees,
and for that matter any evergreen that produces cones,
it is a sign that there will be an above average amount of the 'white stuff' this winter.
It is said that the accumulation level will reach up to the cones but not cover them....
leaving them accessible for wildlife during the cold winter months ahead
here on the tundra!! lol
(That was a joke about us being on the tundra as it is much farther north.)
Nevertheless, we do not always see this many cones every fall
but when we do we take heed and prepare for lots of SNOW!!
There I said it!