Nick. Could you comment please. This is a pretty weak attempt but it is the best I can think of for the moment. I took these pictures with my digital camera looking through a 10x loup so the photography is less than stellar.
I'm preparing a step by step summary of everything I'm doing to try to get some sort of grasp on this.
Softwoods do not have pores. Instead, you might notice resin canals. Resin canals are identified by holes that look like pores but the interior is coated with resin leaving a brown coating on the inside of the pores.
Hardwoods are defined as those woods with "pores." The pores are seen in the cross section (end grain) and can be present exclusively in the rings (ring porous), distributed accross the end grain but more prevalant in the rings (semi-ring porous) and spread pretty much throughout the end grain with little regard for rings. Ring Porous Example
This is clearly a ring porous wood. Note that the pores are clearly visible in rings. However, what the little white flecks are between the pores, I haven't a clue. Semi-ring porous
These two examples are frustrating. They appear to be semi-ring porous but they are more difused than what I would think semi-ring porous should look. Nick, please clarify.
This is the second image, again, semi-ring porous.
Ok, where do I go from here?